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Big City (1937)

Passed | | Drama | 3 September 1937 (USA)
To avoid a taxi war, city officials blame a gang bombing on driver Joe Benton's wife Anna and put her on a ship to deport her. The mayor is speaker at a boxers' banquet where Joe pleads for... See full summary »

Directors:

Frank Borzage, George B. Seitz (uncredited)

Writers:

Dore Schary (screen play), Hugo Butler (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luise Rainer ... Anna Benton
Spencer Tracy ... Joe Benton
Charley Grapewin ... The Mayor
Janet Beecher ... Sophie Sloane
Eddie Quillan ... Mike Edwards
Victor Varconi ... Paul Roya
Oscar O'Shea ... John C. Andrews
Helen Troy ... Lola Johnson
William Demarest ... Beecher
John Arledge ... Buddy
Irving Bacon ... Jim Sloane
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Danny Devlin (as Guinn Williams)
Regis Toomey ... Fred Hawkins
Edgar Dearing ... Tom Reilley
Paul Harvey ... District Attorney Gilbert
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To avoid a taxi war, city officials blame a gang bombing on driver Joe Benton's wife Anna and put her on a ship to deport her. The mayor is speaker at a boxers' banquet where Joe pleads for them to go with him to the wharf and rescue Anna (about to deliver their baby) from the ship. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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taxi | rescue | murder | banquet | mayor | See All (28) »

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HEART-THROBS of a GREAT CITY! (original ad - many caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Skyscraper Wilderness See more »

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Budget:

$621,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Ruth Hussey. See more »

Goofs

Although the film is set in New York City, in one of the shots of the cars racing to the ship, a car is shown on Vine St. in Hollywood, passing a Schwab's drug store and the offices of the Hollywood Citizen-News newspaper. The group of Comet cabs are subsequently shown on the same street. See more »

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References The Singing Marine (1937) See more »

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Slight, well acted '30s melodrama
16 January 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Luise Rainer and Spencer Tracy are an affectionate couple in "Big City," a small film from MGM, which is surprising, since it has two big stars in it. The happy world of Joe and Anna is torn apart when her brother is killed as a result of a war between the independent cabbies in New York and a large cab company. Anna is blamed and plans are made to deport her.

Rainer and Tracy make a sweet couple; one really believes they're in love. Tracy is wonderful. Rainer is beautiful with soulful eyes, and of course, she gets another telephone call as in "Hello, Flo" in "The Great Ziegfeld." Rainer takes a lot of heat for winning two Oscars in a row and basically disappearing soon after, as if this was her fault. She was, and still is, a strong-willed woman who came up against Louis B. End of story. He's long dead and she's still alive as of this writing, at the age of 96, and made a film in 2003. So take that, Louis.

This film was made at a time when you weren't supposed to see a woman's pregnancy, and though Anna is pregnant in the story, in fact, far enough along to be ready to give birth, from the look of her, the baby should have weighed half an ounce.

The end of the film is a free-for-all featuring some of the great sports figures of the day, listed in the cast, including Jim Thorpe, Maxie Rosenbloom, and Jack Dempsey. Look for Ruth Hussey in a small part as the mayor's secretary.


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