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The Big Street

Adapted from a story by Damon Runyon ('Little Pinks'), this captures much of his low-life spirit and colourful vernacular, but occasionally spoils it all by wallowing in unnecessary sentimentality. Busboy Fonda idolises nightclub chanteuse Ball so much that when she's crippled by her gangster friend, he devotes himself to her well-being, even to the extent of pushing her wheelchair to Florida. Most appealing are the performances by the likes of Pallette, Collins and Levene, although Ball, in a rare straight role, is stunning as the hard-as-nails, embittered exploiter of Fonda's affections.

Release details

Duration: 88 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Irving Reis
Screenwriter: Leonard Spigelgass
Cast: Henry Fonda
Lucille Ball
Ray Collins
Sam Levene
Eugene Pallette
Agnes Moorehead
Barton MacLane
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