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Big City (1937)

Passed | | Drama | 3 September 1937 (USA)
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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Janet Beecher ...
Sophie Sloane
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Mike Edwards
Victor Varconi ...
Paul Roya
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John C. Andrews
Helen Troy ...
Lola Johnson
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Buddy
Irving Bacon ...
Jim Sloane
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Fred Hawkins
Edgar Dearing ...
Tom Reilley
Paul Harvey ...
District Attorney Gilbert
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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 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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BY THE AUTHOR OF "FURY"! (original ad - all caps) See more »

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3 September 1937 (USA)  »

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Skyscraper Wilderness  »

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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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28 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Big City (1937)

*** (out of 4)

Incredibly off the wall and insane drama from MGM has an independent taxi service battling with a union led taxi service. When the union side has their placed bombed one of the indie guys (Spencer Tracy) has his wife (Luise Rainer) suspected and shipped out of the country. This film is all over the map that you could put it in any genre including a romantic comedy, a screwball comedy and an action film. Tracy and Rainer deliver very good performances and their chemistry together is right on the mark. They make for a very romantic couple and Tracy's big crying scene is incredibly touching. It's also great seeing NYC back in the day plus there's a scene inside Jack Dempsey's restaurant, which leads to a street fight with Dempsey himself plus other famous athletes including Jim Thorpe, Man Mountain Dean and various others.


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