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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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Storyline

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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Featured in The Romance of Celluloid (1937) See more »

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Big Hearts
31 August 2009 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The follow-up to "Mannequin" and coming just before the sublime "Three comrades" melodrama ,"Big city" has a bizarre cast and credits showing cartoons Winnie Winkle style .But it's not a comedy.Once again ,it's a drama showing the fight of two lovers against a hostile world.Both Spencer Tracy and Luise Raiser(her eyes are so beautiful) give outstanding performances .Once again,Borzage teaches us real love,true love,pure love ,this love which leads you to sacrifice everything (Anna calling the Police)so the others can go on.He shows us men and women all standing together against the High and the Mighty.Recalling sometimes his great silent work "street angel" (1927)when Tracy visits his wife on the boat about to take her away from him.The final rumble may seem too long ,but after so much pain,it's a sweet relief.Humor is also present in the scene of the bottle of milk.Monsieur Borzage,you were a great man.


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