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The Big Street (1942)

Passed | | Drama, Music, Romance | 4 September 1942 (USA)
A busboy in requited love with a nightclub performer grows closer to her after she is paralyzed in an attack by her gangster boyfriend.

Director:

Irving Reis

Writers:

Leonard Spigelgass (screenplay), Damon Runyon (from the Collier's Magazine story "Little Pinks")
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Complete credited cast:
Henry Fonda ... Little Pinks
Lucille Ball ... Gloria Lyons
Barton MacLane ... Case Ables
Eugene Pallette ... Nicely Nicely Johnson
Agnes Moorehead ... Violette Shumberg
Sam Levene ... Horsethief
Ray Collins ... Professor B
Marion Martin ... Mimi Venus
William T. Orr ... Decatur Reed (as William Orr)
George Cleveland ... Colonel Samuel Venus
Vera Gordon ... Mrs. Lefkowitz
Ozzie Nelson and Orchestra Ozzie Nelson and Orchestra ... Night Club Orchestra
Ozzie Nelson ... Orchestra Leader
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Storyline

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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"I LOVE LUCILLE"...That's what everybody says! (re-release print ad) See more »

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Trivia

Among the snacks available at Nicely Nicely's food stand are Amos 'n Andy candy bars, based on the popular radio show. See more »

Quotes

Gentleman George: Personally, I find I can make a very honest living cheating at cards.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Henry Fonda: The Man and His Movies (1982) 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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Lucy Has a Ball with Henry Fonda
5 September 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Broadway busboy Henry Fonda (as Agustus "Little Pinks" Pinkerton) idolizes self-centered lounge singer Lucille Ball (as Gloria "Your Highness" Lyons). When Ms. Ball falls on hard times, Mr. Fonda gets to lend a helping hand. The pair move to Florida, but tragedy follows… Although "Guys and Dolls" (1955) remains most representative, "The Big Street" captures the spirit of writer Damon Runyon's characters better than most Hollywood efforts, probably because Mr. Runyon produced.

They weren't the author's first choice for the leads, but Fonda's innocent charmer and Ball's selfish tragedienne are exemplary characterizations. Ball is especially noteworthy, as she did not receive many opportunities to play against type, and places herself squarely on par with the more successful "Golden Age:" actresses of the 1930s and 1940s; she is startling. Director Irving Reis coordinates his fine cast and crew very well, making camera angles and movement seem uncommonly fresh.

******** The Big Street (8/13/42) Damon Runyon : Irving Reis ~ Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda, Agnes Moorehead, Eugene Palette


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Damon Runyon's The Big Street See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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