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The Big Street
The Big Street
Actors: Henry Fonda, Lucille Ball, Barton MacLane, Eugene Pallette, Agnes Moorehead
Director: Irving Reis
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television
NR     2007     1hr 28min



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Actors: Henry Fonda, Lucille Ball, Barton MacLane, Eugene Pallette, Agnes Moorehead
Director: Irving Reis
Creators: Russell Metty, William Hamilton, Damon Runyon, Leonard Spigelgass
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, Classic Comedies, Love & Romance, Classic TV
Studio: Turner Home Ent
Format: DVD - Black and White,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 06/19/2007
Original Release Date: 09/04/1942
Theatrical Release Date: 09/04/1942
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 28min
Screens: Black and White,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 7
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French

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Movie Reviews

scotsladdie | 08/30/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)

"In 1942, 31 year-old Lucille Ball got her first major dramatic role as Gloria Lyons, the selfish, arrogant moll of Barton McLane. Lucy is crippled as a result of McLane slapping her around and finds a devoted admirer in Henry Fonda as "Little Pinks"... Lucy was very excited about acquiring this part and even went to Charles Laughton and his wife Elsa Lanchester for advice on how to interpret Gloria. Henry Fonda wasn't impressed with Ball's acting style at all and he would make statements such as "You're not going to play her like THAT -- are you"? - much to Lucy's intimidation and dismay. Incredibly, Lucy had already been in Hollywood for 9 years when this meaty role was offered her. Ball received mostly positive reviews from the critics, but the movie was not a financial success at the box-office. Charming, touching and often funny in parts, this Damon Runyon vehicle wavers from good to too sticky. Although I'm a tried-and-true Lucy fan, I'm in total agreement ... that this IS a rather oddball film. THE BIG STREET has long been hailed as Lucy's best dramatic venture but I much prefer her serious performances in LURED (1947), THE DARK CORNER (1946) & DANCE, GIRL, DANCE (1940)..."
Big Street
Tracia Jo Fenstermacher | 11/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a great movie, great acting, the best of the best stars and a perfect plot. See Lucy at her best, and Fonda so wonderful. You will love this movie and won't leave the room until it ends..........5 stars"
An Odd Film
scotsladdie | 08/08/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"There are very few words that can properly discribe this movie. Odd tops that list. However, odd doesn't neccessarily mean bad. The story centers around a young star-struck bus-boy nicknamed "Pink" who is infatuated by glamours nightclub-singer Gloria Lions (Lucille Ball). In a strange and bizzare set of events Mrs. Lions loses the use of her lower extremities. Pink takes the rude Mrs. Lions into his home to help her recouperate. Deciding she doesn't like the cold of New York, Mrs. Lions (often reffered to as "Your Majesty") makes Pink push her to Florida in her wheelchair. Once down there Gloria tries to attract the intrest of the local billonair. In a final attempt to cheer up Mrs. Lions, Pink throws her a large party.For the most part this is a very predictable film. Except for, of course, the sudden lapses of sanity (like the 1000+ mile hike from New York to Florida). Despite that, however, it makes for an enjoyable film."
One of the best dramas Lucille Ball ever made.
Tracia Jo Fenstermacher | 01/11/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Lucille Ball's performance shines in this intense drama. You'll not find the bumbling clown she is known for in the movie."