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The Big Street

MOVIE #56

The Big Street (1942)

(featuring Lucille Ball as Gloria Lyons)


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Lucille Ball is cast as Gloria, aka The Dutchess, the vain and thoroughly selfish star attraction of gangster Case Ables' (Barton MacLaine) New York nightclub. Henry Fonda costars as busboy Little Pinks, who worships "The Dutchess" from afar.

When Gloria is crippled by a fall downstairs-caused by a blow across the face by the sadistic Ables, Little Pinks selflessly waits upon the invalid and doggedly ungrateful songstress, Gloria, hand and foot. So devoted to The Dutchess is Pinks that he's willing to pilot her wheelchair from Manhattan to Florida so that she can renew her romance with callow playboy Decatur Reed (William Orr).

Touched by Pinks' loyalty, his Runyonesque friends-Professor B (Ray Collins), Horsethief (Sam Levene), Mr. and Mrs. Nicely-Nicely Johnson (Eugene Pallette, Agnes Moorehead) and all the rest-raise enough money to open a Florida nightclub so that Gloria can put up a brave front.

Special Notes: Lucille Ball delivers the finest dramatic performance of her career in this satisfying adaptation of Damon Runyon's The Big Street.

Movie #56
Film Date: 1942

Release Date: September 4, 1942
Film Type: drama/romance
Film Color: black/white
Studio: RKO
Film Length: 88 minutes

Director/Producer:
Irving G. Reis (Director)
Damon Runyon (Producer)

Character Role:
Lucille Ball (Gloria Lyons)

Supporting Cast:
Henry Fonda (Little Pinks)
Agnes Moorehead (Violette)
Barton MacLane (Case Ables)
Eugene Pallette (Nicely Nicely Johnson)
Sam Levene (Horsethief)
Ray Collins (Professor B)
Marion Martin (Mrs. Venus)
William Orr (Decatur Reed)
George Cleveland (Col. Venus)
Vera Gordon (Mrs. Lefkowitz)
Louise Beavers (Maid)
Millard Mitchell (Gentleman George)
Juan Varro (Lou Adolia)
Hans Conried (Lonie, the Headwaiter)
John Miljan (McWhirter)
Don Barclay (M.C.)
Julius Tannen (Judge Bamberger)
Bob Perry (Toupee)
Ozzie Nelson (Himself)
Ann Summers (Cashier)
Elliott Sullivan (Tramp)
Russell Wade (Bit part)
Ralph Peters (Florist)
Addison Richards (Dr. Mitchell)
Mary Stuart (Bit part)
Dewey Robinson (Tramp)
Sammy Stein (Mug at Mindy's)
Marie Windsor (Girl)
Eddie Dunn (Mulvaney)
Mary Halsey (Bit part)
Bert Hanlon (Philip, the Weeper)
Charles Cane (Cop)
Mimi Doyle (Nurse at Hospital)
Pedro de Cordoba (Doctor)
Frank Moran (Mug)
Tony Merlo (Mug at Mindy's)
Richard Martin (Bit part)
John Miller (Truck Driver)
John Indrisano (Mug at Mindy's)
Warren Jackson (Mug at Mindy's)
George Magrill (Mug at Mindy's)
Donald Kirke (Surgeon)