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The Big Shot (1937)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Romance  -  23 July 1937 (USA)
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A small-town veterinarian inherits $2 million from his uncle, whom he hasn't seen for years. He decides to use some of his new-found wealth to fund a clean-up crusade against the gangster ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Kibbee ...
Dr. Bertram 'Doc' / 'Simmzy' Simms
Cora Witherspoon ...
Mrs. Elizabeth Simms
Dorothy Moore ...
Peggy Simms
Gordon Jones ...
Chester 'Chet' Scott
Russell Hicks ...
Martin Drake
Frank M. Thomas ...
A.C. Murdock - Newspaper Editor
Dudley Clements ...
Honest John McQuade
Police Chief
Maxine Jennings ...
Gloria - Soapy's Girl, aka Miss Bernice Ackleton
Barbara Pepper ...
Tom Kennedy ...
John Kelly ...
Eddie Gribbon ...
Soapy - aka Mr. Stratford Enright III
Al Hill ...
Donald Kirke ...
Johnny Cullen


A small-town veterinarian inherits $2 million from his uncle, whom he hasn't seen for years. He decides to use some of his new-found wealth to fund a clean-up crusade against the gangster element in town. What he doesn't know is that his uncle was the head of the crime syndicate, and those gangsters want to get their hands on his $2 million. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Crime | Romance






Release Date:

23 July 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A Little Candor
6 March 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Big Shot finds Guy Kibbee as a small town veterinarian who inherits two million dollars from his uncle who unbeknownst to him was very heavy in the rackets in the big city he lived in. So he and wife Cora Witherspoon and their daughter Dorothy Moore go off to live in the uncle's mansion.

The demise of the uncle has left the mob consigliere Russell Hicks in charge of the far flung rackets. But he'd like to get power of attorney. But Kibbee is as reluctant as Gary Cooper was to give it to Douglass Dumbrille in Mr. Deeds Goes To Town. In fact Mr. Deeds seems to have inspired the minds at RKO who created this film.

All the comedy therein lies in the fact that no one, least of all Kibbee has a clear picture of what's going on. Kibbee in fact starts a citizen's league to clean up the town of rackets, but he doesn't tell Hicks.

Cora Witherspoon seems to have been the inspiration for Josephine Hull's character in Harvey. Her only concern is to break into society and get a suitable mate for Moore so she'll forget Gordon Jones who was her sweetheart back in the old home town.

I really did enjoy this B picture comedy from RKO. Though parts of it were taken from other sources, it was really original in thought and concept.

But think; just a little candor all around and this film would not exist.

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