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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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Cast

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 »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Damon Runyon's The Big Street See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

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

Louie - Headwaiter: [Little Pinks, busboy, is busily scavenging leftover champagne and caviar from a restaurant table to take to Gloria] It's none of my business, Pinks, but can't that dame of yours eat nothin' but champagne and caviar?
Agustus 'Little Pinks' Pinkerton, II: She's on a diet.
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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

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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The Best Movie Lucille Ball Ever Made!
21 December 2006 | by jimmyburrellSee all my reviews

I have always been thrilled to see Lucille Ball in the old Hollywood movies in which she starred many years before her stardom in the sitcom "I Love Lucy". She held the grace of the top stars at the time and I can certainly understand why Desi Arnaz fell madly in love with her after seeing this film. I sincerely believe that if you have never seen "The Big Street" then you have not seen Lucille Ball at her best. She was an incredibly talented Hollywood movie actress and I only regret that I hadn't discovered that sooner. This movie made me want to collect all of Lucy's old movies because this one was a real surprise for me! I loved Lucy before, but now I respect and appreciate her even more for being a survivor and holding her own among the likes of Grace Kelly and Greta Garbo. Lucy certainly was a bombshell in her day! See this movie and you will understand why. It will win over even the toughest critic.


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