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Big City Blues (1932)

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

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Complete credited cast:
... Vida Fleet
... Bud Reeves
... Mrs. Serena Cartlich
... Mr. 'Stacky' Stackhouse
... Hummell, the House Detective
... Station Agent
... Cousin 'Gibby' Gibboney
... Faun
Thomas E. Jackson ... Detective Quelkin (as Thomas Jackson)
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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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...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 »

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Comedy | Drama

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18 September 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blues wielkiego miasta  »

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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 »

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Bud Reeves: Oh, I don't think you got to really know New York.
Station Agent: I wonder. I wonder if I didn't. I was a telegraph operator and a process server. I was a part-time life guard at Rockaway Beach. I worked on the BMT and drove a taxi. I was a rubber in a Turkish bath. Had a job on the day shift in the Hymnbook factory and on the night shift in the bowery flop house. A job they handed me to work out my rent. I drew wages in a hash house and a chink laundry and a pet shop. For a week I sorted stiffs in the morgue...
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Ev'ry Day Can't Be a Sunday
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Written by Al Jolson
Performed by Clarence Muse at the 55 Club
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Terrific pre-Code drama
8 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

Big City Blues is a marvelous reminder of the vibrancy of American cinema in the early sound days. Directed by the always reliable Mervyn LeRoy, the film features uncredited performances by a wonderful cast, including Humphrey Bogart, Lyle Talbot, Dennis O'Keefe, Dick Powell (hilarious as the voice of a radio ad-man expounding on the virtues of Yum Yum brand popcorn), and Clarence Muse (who delivers some terrific singing in a speakeasy scene), as well as Joan Blondell as the brassy showgirl with a heart of gold, Eric Linden as a smalltown rube, and especially Walter Catlett as Linden's Cousin Gibby, who's responsible for most of the trouble that takes place. Written by Lillie Hayward, the script is hilarious, intelligent, and insightful, especially when it pokes fun at the peccadilloes of big city life. Bogart has a particularly juicy line when, reading from a newspaper, he informs partygoers that the police have recently picked up a criminal with "a handgun in one pocket and a lipstick and powderpuff in the other"! The same party sequence also features the sight of a nervous young lady reading from the infamous (and much censored) lesbian novel "The Well of Loneliness" by Radclyffe Hall. In short, this is a fine example of pre-Code filmmaking and should be of interest to all fans of 30s cinema.


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