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Dan Barr is a flatfoot on the trail of jewel robbers. Eve Fallon is his girl of 5 years. We meet them spitting and sparring, but never doubting they're in love. Eve is a manicurist, with an eye for news. Soon after we meet her, she's out of the beauty salon and into the news-room as an ace reporter. With Eve's help, Dan nabs one of the jewel gang members, Cortig, whose stray bullet killed a baby in the park. A spooked witness and a slick lawyer get Cortig off. Disgusted with the lack of justice, Dan quits the force to find his own justice. Eve, likewise, quits the paper and returns to her job as manicurist. While giving a manicure, Eve unwittingly discovers that a prominent local citizen is the jewel gang's leader. All the while, Dan is hot on the trail. Their trails merge and the case is solved.Written by
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929-49, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Omaha Wednesday 4 March 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), followed by Phoenix 17 June 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), by Milwaukee 24 October 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), by Grand Rapids 19 November 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), by Detroit 8 January 1960 on WJBK (Channel 2), by Toledo 7 February 1960 on WTOL (Channel 11), by Miami 12 April 1960 on WTVJ (Channel 4), by Philadelphia 24 April 1960 on WCAU (Channel 10), by Johnstown 14 September 1960 on WJAC (Channel 6), by Cincinnati 27 September 1960 on WKRC (Channel 12), and by Chicago 7 December 1960 on WBBM (Channel 2). It was released on DVD 19 April 2016 as one of 18 titles in Universal's Cary Grant - the Vault Collection. See more »
Well, well, Danny, what's the matter? Don't see you for a long time.
Well, they had me downtown for two weeks on a bum rap.
Oh, poor kid! They blame you everything, don't they?
You sait it, Beautiful! The way the coppers treat me, you'd think I was a thief.
Yeah! Police get some funny ideas sometimes.
Don't they though? And me as honest as the day is long.
Yeah, but how 'bout the nights?
The nights too! I'm the soul of honesty.
You sure you don't mean 'the heel?'
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"Big Brown Eyes" is from 1936 and directed by Raoul Walsh. Joan Bennett was still a blond, and here, Cary Grant plays Dan Barr, a detective trying to recover someone's stolen jewels. Bennett plays his jealous manicurist girlfriend Eve, who takes a job on a newspaper after she quits manicuring.
Walter Pidgeon plays Cortig, the head of the jewel theft ring which is also involved in the murder of a child who was hit by one of Cortig's stray bullets. He's joined by Lloyd Nolan. Thanks to his crooked attorney, Cortig is found not guilty. Dan is so upset he quits the force to go out on his own and get justice. Eve returns to her manicure job; both are very defeated by the trial.
This is an okay, fast-moving film with Bennett playing what today would be considered a stereotype, you know, the gum-cracking, wisecracking blond. Grant is very handsome and slips easily into his role. He's not the "Cary Grant" persona quite yet. That's a couple of years away.
I don't know who the Big Brown Eyes were, but it must have been Cary Grant. I saw Joan Bennett in person near the end of her life - she was very tiny, with very black hair, and had beautiful blue eyes.
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