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The Big Street (1942)

Passed | | Drama, Music, Romance | 4 September 1942 (USA)
Little Pinks is in love with a nightclub singer named Gloria. But it is a unrequited love as she does not know that he exists. Pinks is a shy busboy and Gloria only goes out with men who ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Little Pinks
... Gloria Lyons
... Case Ables
... Nicely Nicely Johnson
... Violette Shumberg
... Horsethief
... Professor B
... Mimi Venus
... Decatur Reed (as William Orr)
... Colonel Samuel Venus
... Mrs. Lefkowitz
Ozzie Nelson and Orchestra ... Night Club Orchestra
... Orchestra Leader
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Little Pinks is in love with a nightclub singer named Gloria. But it is a unrequited love as she does not know that he exists. Pinks is a shy busboy and Gloria only goes out with men who are loaded. When she tries to dump Case for richer Reed, Case dumps her down the stairs. After months of treatment, she will never walk, but Pinks is the only one who takes care of her. He pays all her bills and sends her flowers with unsigned cards. But to Gloria, he is nothing in her eyes. When she wants to leave New York for Florida, to be with the money set, he takes her. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Take it from me -A GIRLS BEST FRIEND IS A DOLLAR (original-poster) See more »

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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4 September 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Damon Runyon's The Big Street  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Some cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Elliott Sullivan (Tramp), Al Hill (Tramp) and Donald Kirke (Surgeon). See more »

Quotes

Gloria Lyons: You know something, Pinks?
Agustus 'Little Pinks' Pinkerton, II: What?
Gloria Lyons: A lot of people can't walk... they knit something. I'd be a lousy knitter, but I could sure try.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: "Loser's Lane --- the sidewalk in front of Mindy's Restaurant on Broadway-- is not as high-toned a trading center as Wall Street, but the brokers are a lot more colorful. Generally they prefer to put their money on a prizefight or horserace, but when the action slows, anything can happen and it usually does. Tonight, for example, the citizens of the Lane are discussing the latest contest in their usual quiet way --" See more »

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Referenced in The Dick Cavett Show: Episode dated 9 March 1971 (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Who Knows?
(1942)
Lyrics by Mort Greene
Music by Harry Revel
Performed by Lucille Ball at the New York nightclub (uncredited)
Reprised by her with Ozzie Nelson and Orchestra at the Florida nightclub (Vocals for Miss Ball by Martha Mears) (uncredited)
Played often in the score
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Unselfish Love
24 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

The comments about the Fonda character having 'no reason' to take the abusive and selfishness of the Ball character makes me wonder if this person ever loved anyone unconditionally. There are many people in this world that take worse than the verbal abuse from the person they love and stay with them their whole lives.

The Ball character was very well done and I don't think I remember Ball being a character like that after this movie. I don't like Lucille Ball as a comedienne, its too bad that she wasn't able to continue as a dramatic actress she would have done well.

But the movie is all about love conquering the selfish...wish it was that way all the time.


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