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

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

Quotes

Station Agent: Say, I guess you're willing to stay around home now awhile, heh? Got enough of New York for good and all. That right?
Bud Reeves: Well, certainly not!
Station Agent: What's that? You mean you'd like to go back to that place?
Bud Reeves: Of course I would! And I'm goin'. It may not be right soon, but, I'll go back. I know I will. New York's alright. It was just me that was wrong. It's a place that sorta takes hold of you. Gets under your skin. Licked me this time. Licked me bad. But, next time, maybe, well, it might be different.
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Featured in Great Performances: Bacall on Bogart (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Somebody Loves Me
(uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Played on the radio at the party
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Terrific pre-Code drama
8 December 2002 | by JohnSealSee 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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