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Big City (1948)

An abandoned baby is raised by three men: the Rev. Andrews, cantor Feldman, and Officer O'Donnell. When Feldman and O'Donnell each find a woman to fall in love with, they both think of ... See full summary »

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Norman Taurog
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Margaret O'Brien ... Midge
Robert Preston ... Rev. Philip Y. Andrews
Danny Thomas ... Cantor David Irwin Feldman
George Murphy ... Patrick O'Donnell
Karin Booth ... Florence Bartlett
Edward Arnold ... Judge Martin O. Abercrombie
Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins ... Louis Keller (as Butch Jenkins)
Betty Garrett ... Shoo Shoo Grady
Lotte Lehmann Lotte Lehmann ... Mama Feldman
Connie Gilchrist ... Martha - the Judge's Maid
Page Cavanaugh Page Cavanaugh ... Trio Leader (as Page Cavanaugh Trio)
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An abandoned baby is raised by three men: the Rev. Andrews, cantor Feldman, and Officer O'Donnell. When Feldman and O'Donnell each find a woman to fall in love with, they both think of getting married and settling down. And each wants to adopt Midge officially and raise her without the other "fathers". And Midge has to find some way for them to all become a family again. Written by Kathy Li

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Excitement from Dusk to Dawn! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Catherine (Unfinished Symphony) See more »

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Budget:

$1,725,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Betty Garrett. See more »

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References Bambi (1942) See more »

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The Kerry Dance
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three guys come find a baby and become her dads.
24 May 2011 | by nlathySee all my reviews

Big City is one of the later movies Margaret OBrien made during her time as a child star with MGM in the 1940s. It's an entertaining film, which isn't quite up to the level of some other movies she made with the studio. It's an unusual situation especially for the time to have three foster fathers and no mother. A reality which isn't lost in the film. It's good to see Margaret in movies with Butch Jenkins. This one seems a little long. Robert Preston, George Murphy and Danny Thomas play the parents. I'd never seen Thomas in a movie before, and he used his singing and acting talents well. The movie explains its designed for people who like people, and it makes the case for the importance of family well. There's also the message of redemption after past mistakes in Betty Garrett's character. This message is also displayed in Norman Taurog's Boys Town movies. The people involved have done better work elsewhere, but a family film with God Bless America in it is well worth any viewer's time.


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