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Big City (1937)

Passed  -  Drama  -  3 September 1937 (USA)
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To avoid a taxi war, city officials blame a gang bombing on driver Joe Benton's wife Anna and put her on a ship to deport her. The mayor is speaker at a boxers' banquet where Joe pleads for... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Anna Benton
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Joe Benton
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The Mayor
Janet Beecher ...
Sophie Sloane
Eddie Quillan ...
Mike Edwards
Victor Varconi ...
Paul Roya
Oscar O'Shea ...
John C. Andrews
Helen Troy ...
Lola Johnson
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Beecher
John Arledge ...
Buddy
Irving Bacon ...
Jim Sloane
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
Danny Devlin (as Guinn Williams)
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Fred Hawkins
Edgar Dearing ...
Tom Reilley
Paul Harvey ...
District Attorney Gilbert
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Storyline

To avoid a taxi war, city officials blame a gang bombing on driver Joe Benton's wife Anna and put her on a ship to deport her. The mayor is speaker at a boxers' banquet where Joe pleads for them to go with him to the wharf and rescue Anna (about to deliver their baby) from the ship. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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taxi | rescue | murder | banquet | mayor | See more »

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So much of happiness and heart-break...drama and romance...set to the tune of a big city...glorified by two great stars...it will bring glowing memories for years to come! See more »

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Drama

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3 September 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Skyscraper Wilderness  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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George B. Seitz directed, uncredited, the sequence featuring Jack Dempsey. See more »

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Referenced in A Night at the Movies (1937) See more »

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Slight, well acted '30s melodrama
16 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Luise Rainer and Spencer Tracy are an affectionate couple in "Big City," a small film from MGM, which is surprising, since it has two big stars in it. The happy world of Joe and Anna is torn apart when her brother is killed as a result of a war between the independent cabbies in New York and a large cab company. Anna is blamed and plans are made to deport her.

Rainer and Tracy make a sweet couple; one really believes they're in love. Tracy is wonderful. Rainer is beautiful with soulful eyes, and of course, she gets another telephone call as in "Hello, Flo" in "The Great Ziegfeld." Rainer takes a lot of heat for winning two Oscars in a row and basically disappearing soon after, as if this was her fault. She was, and still is, a strong-willed woman who came up against Louis B. End of story. He's long dead and she's still alive as of this writing, at the age of 96, and made a film in 2003. So take that, Louis.

This film was made at a time when you weren't supposed to see a woman's pregnancy, and though Anna is pregnant in the story, in fact, far enough along to be ready to give birth, from the look of her, the baby should have weighed half an ounce.

The end of the film is a free-for-all featuring some of the great sports figures of the day, listed in the cast, including Jim Thorpe, Maxie Rosenbloom, and Jack Dempsey. Look for Ruth Hussey in a small part as the mayor's secretary.


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