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The Big Street (1942)

Passed | | Drama, Music, Romance | 4 September 1942 (USA)
Little Pinks is in love with a nightclub singer named Gloria. But it is a unrequited love as she does not know that he exists. Pinks is a shy busboy and Gloria only goes out with men who ... See full summary »

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Gloria Lyons
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Case Ables
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Violette Shumberg
Sam Levene ...
Horsethief
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Professor B
Marion Martin ...
Mimi Venus
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Decatur Reed (as William Orr)
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Colonel Samuel Venus
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Mrs. Lefkowitz
Ozzie Nelson and Orchestra ...
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Little Pinks is in love with a nightclub singer named Gloria. But it is a unrequited love as she does not know that he exists. Pinks is a shy busboy and Gloria only goes out with men who are loaded. When she tries to dump Case for richer Reed, Case dumps her down the stairs. After months of treatment, she will never walk, but Pinks is the only one who takes care of her. He pays all her bills and sends her flowers with unsigned cards. But to Gloria, he is nothing in her eyes. When she wants to leave New York for Florida, to be with the money set, he takes her. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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"I LOVE LUCILLE"...That's what everybody says! (re-release print ad) See more »

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Drama | Music | Romance

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4 September 1942 (USA)  »

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Damon Runyon's The Big Street  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lucille Ball's favorite of her films. She felt her performance was unjustly ignored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). See more »

Quotes

[about Gloria]
Agustus 'Little Pinks' Pinkerton, II: She's in bad shape, Doc. Can you do something?
Florida Doctor: I wish I could.
Agustus 'Little Pinks' Pinkerton, II: Why can't you?
Florida Doctor: Did you ever hear of a thing called paranoia? No, I guess you didn't. Well, it's what happens to people when they get to believe they're something they're not.
Nicely Nicely Johnson: Now you're cooking with gas.
Violette Shumberg: Shut up, Nicely.
Nicely Nicely Johnson: Don't tell me to shut up.
Violette Shumberg: I'll tell you to shut up anytime I feel like it, and I feel like it now.
Agustus 'Little Pinks' Pinkerton, II: Please go on, Doc.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: "Loser's Lane --- the sidewalk in front of Mindy's Restaurant on Broadway-- is not as high-toned a trading center as Wall Street, but the brokers are a lot more colorful. Generally they prefer to put their money on a prizefight or horserace, but when the action slows, anything can happen and it usually does. Tonight, for example, the citizens of the Lane are discussing the latest contest in their usual quiet way --" See more »

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Referenced in Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Who Knows?
(1942)
Lyrics by Mort Greene
Music by Harry Revel
Performed by Lucille Ball at the New York nightclub (uncredited)
Reprised by her with Ozzie Nelson and Orchestra at the Florida nightclub (Vocals for Miss Ball by Martha Mears) (uncredited)
Played often in the score
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Two incredible talents in their early years: Ball and Fonda
8 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

Anyone who has the slightest desire to learn more about the incredible talent of Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda owes it to themselves to see this marvelous movie. Over the years, these two stars built up such powerful images of themselves as star characters, and most of the public came to know them as a result of the cumulative impressions which they made on our individual consciousness. Your strong impression of Lucille Ball is as a comedian, correct? You seldom if ever think of her as a dramatic actress. Can you imagine Lucille Ball playing a role of a vain self-centered and arrogant harridan who seems to live for the sole purpose of tormenting the lowly busboy who is her one true friend in all the world? Few people can imagine Lucy in such a role, but if you watch this movie, you will see it happen. It is also totally believable because, even though Lucy worked primarily as a comedian, she was a great dramatic actress when she chose to accept a role of that type. As for Henry Fonda, who could even conceive of casting this great actor as a busboy? It was early in his career and he is playing a role of the type that he would never have to play again, but he pulls it off. You wonder at times why he is taking so much abuse from this woman. But the answer is incredibly simple. He deeply loves the woman, and his love comes shining through. If you want to see two great stars at work in the early days of their careers, check out this movie.


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