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Big City Blues (1932)

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 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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It's Sweet and Hot! (Glass advertising slide). See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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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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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Humphrey Bogart's first film for Warner Bros., where he would sign a long-term contract four years later and eventually become a star. See more »

Quotes

Vida Fleet: Come on you babies, here we go again. Rattle-n-roll. A little natural and we take the dough. 11 or a 7. 7 or 11. I ain't particular. Ha!
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Featured in Great Performances: Bacall on Bogart (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Dardanella
(uncredited)
Music by Felix Bernard and Johnny S. Black
Lyrics by Fred Fisher
Played on the radio in Bud's hotel room
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Early Effort by Some Future Stars
15 June 2001 | by chinaskeeSee all my reviews

This comedy/drama from the olden days has quite a bit to recommend it.Young rube from Indiana moves to New York City,loses all his money,falls in love with a chorus girl(Joan Blondell),and attends a wild hotel party where the bathtub gin is flowing freely,all in the space of about 48 hours!Some interesting cinematography and that great 30's rapid-fire dialogue which seems to be a lost art these days.Joan Blondell has a very funny scene at a speakeasy craps table.Humphrey Bogart,who was still a starving actor himself at the time,appears briefly in an uncredited role,and as in most of his early roles,has that one moment of unleashed anger that served him so well in later years.Lots of fun.


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