The Big Street

The Big Street

DVD - 2007
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Haughty nightclub singer Gloria Lyons doesn't have time for the little people, including Little Pinks, the busboy who adores her. Then Gloria is paralyzed when a mobster knocks her down the stairs, and those little people are the only ones who help her.


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May 07, 2016

Pretty GOOD 1942 B&W film with Lucille Ball at age 31 in a haughty non-comedic role. Henry Fonda was 37. He was looking quite young and this is the earliest I have seen him. The romance between them was a bit, um, weak (why was Fonda character so smitten with her.
Lucille Ball is in an atypical definitely on the dark side role which she does well - and looks great, too.
The film was , produced by Damon Runyon based on one of his own stories.
It does include some of Runyon's 'underworld lingo'; some characters are disdainfully referred to as 'moolies' - and Ms. Ball refers to herself as a broken-down 'komoppo' in an old wheelchair'. I did a brief bit of research, but couldn't find anything about those words. They might be a bit of early 40's New York Yiddish slang.
As usual, I enjoyed Agnes Moorehead in her side role - and even recognized her when she came on screen.
The film isn't up there with Runyon's terrific 'Guys and Dolls' but it's worth a look.
And the 'Calling All Girls' special feature has some remarkable scenes with many dozens of show girls prancing and dancing.

Malarie Aug 11, 2014

Loved it!!

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