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Big Brown Eyes (1936)

Approved | | Comedy , Mystery | 3 April 1936 (USA)
Sassy manicurist Eve Fallon is recruited as an even more brassy reporter and she helps police detective boyfriend Danny Barr break a jewel theft ring and solve the murder of a baby.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

James Edward Grant (story "Hahsit Babe"), Bert Hanlon | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Cary Grant ... Danny Barr
Joan Bennett ... Eve Fallon
Walter Pidgeon ... Richard Morey
Lloyd Nolan ... Russ Cortig
Alan Baxter ... Cary Butler
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Cole
Isabel Jewell ... Bessie Blair
Douglas Fowley ... Benny Battle
Henry Brandon ... Don Butler (as Henry Kleinbach)
Joe Sawyer ... Jack Sully
Dolores Casey ... Cashier
Doris Canfield Doris Canfield ... Myrtle
Edwin Maxwell ... Editor
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Storyline

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 Debbie Dunlap <dunlap@mail.tqci.net>

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Comedy | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aqueles Olhos Negros See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Benny Battle: [at the barber shop] Every time I turn around I see another bull.
Benny Battle: [Danny emerges from under a towel in the next chair] Well, if it isn't Daniel Barr, the handsome dick.
Danny Barr: Gettin' yourself dolled up?
Danny Barr: Yeah, there's nuttin' like spendin' a half hour in a barber shop that makes a new man out of ya.
Danny Barr: When did ya get out outta the can?
Benny Battle: About an hour ago, thanks to the habby-us corpus.
Danny Barr: Yeah, and that shyster lawyer of yours.
Benny Battle: I wouldn't talk like that. Ya might get pinched for slander.
Eve Fallon: Yeah, and don't carry...
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References She Done Him Wrong (1933) See more »

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A strange entry in the Cary Grant Oeuvre
29 August 2007 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

And in that of Raoul Walsh, as well. The early scenes, which try really hard to be cute, show no influence of Walsh. When it gets more into the career of policeman Grant, we see some fast-paced action and it makes sense as a Walsh project. Sort of.

Grant was young and hadn't become a major star yet. He looks great and does a creditable job. His female co-star is Joan Bennett. Now there was an interesting actress: She worked with all the great foreign directors when they came to Hollywood. She made several movies for Fritz Lang. She worked for Max Ophuls. She worked for Jean Renoir.

Here she is a blonde, like sister Constance. She's fine.

Walter Pidgeon looks young too. He is cast in the sort of role Robert Montgomery or Warren William got more frequently: He's a charming crook.

When the movie begins, Bennett is a manicurist. Then, suspiciously quickly, she's an ace newspaper reporter. Was this little film assembled from various attempts or is the plot just a little unconvincing? There are many wonderful reaction shots that move quickly from close-up of one bit player or extra to close-up of another. I think the most famous use of this sort of extreme close-up is that of the chatty woman in "Brief Encounter." But the ones here are great. Indeed, they elevate what is essentially a trivial movie up a notch or two.


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