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Big City Blues (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 18 September 1932 (USA)
Young man from small town moves to New York City looking for better life.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Ward Morehouse (play), Ward Morehouse (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Blondell ... Vida Fleet
Eric Linden ... Bud Reeves
Jobyna Howland ... Mrs. Serena Cartlich
Ned Sparks ... Mr. 'Stacky' Stackhouse
Guy Kibbee ... Hummell, the House Detective
Grant Mitchell ... Station Agent
Walter Catlett ... Cousin 'Gibby' Gibboney
Inez Courtney ... Faun
Thomas E. Jackson ... Detective Quelkin (as Thomas Jackson)
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Storyline

Seventy-two hours in the life of Indiana man Bud who inherits money and heads for New York City where his cousin Gibbony introduces him to chorus girl Vida for whom he falls. When a girl is killed by a drunk at a party in his hotel room, Bud is the chief suspect. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Taglines:

...the jazztime romance of a chorus girl who knew all the answers and a country kid who didn't even know the right questions! (Print Ad, Peekskill Evening Star,((Peekskill, NY)) 24 September 1932) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blues wielkiego miasta See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The girl at the party is reading Radclyffe Hall's 1928 lesbian novel 'The Well of Loneliness'. See more »

Quotes

Vida Fleet: Never mind those 9s or 12s or 7s. Just give me that 8, dice. Here we go. Roll em' hard. Turn em' over. Butter side up. Ha!
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Soundtracks

Ev'ry Day Can't Be a Sunday
(uncredited)
Written by Al Jolson
Performed by Clarence Muse at the 55 Club
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Not so cool in the Big Apple
15 January 2019 | by jonerogersSee all my reviews

A very early Talkie film and one that at 63 minutes long gets the point across its not always so cool in the Big Apple. its the story of Bud Reeves a naive Young farm hand seeking a lavish and exciting new life in New York. He travels there with enough money to last as long as needed before a suitable job is found and when he arrives he seeks the advice and companionship of his Cousin who ends up fleecing him for every dollar he possesses, pretending to have no money on him as he proves by continually opening his empty wallet.

The loss of all his money is bad enough but at a party on his first night in his apartment the jolly festivities end bad when a drunk picks a fight with the legend himself Mr Humphrey Bogart who plays Shep Adkins a wise cracking young man who is actually Unaccredited in this his first Warner film. A young woman is killed accidentally in the fight as something cracks her on the head and everyone leaves her to be found by the House detective Hummell played by that great actor Mr Guy Kibbee.

well they know who the apartment is occupied by and a hunt is on, meanwhile the young Bud is beside himself and seeks the help of Vida Fleet played by the lovely Joan Blondell. it really is a short film but enough to entertain and a very young sharp dressed Mr Bogart is born to Warner brothers and deserved a credit in the line up.


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