Big Brown Eyes (1936)

Big Brown Eyes (1936)

Released: 1936
Genre: Comedy, Genre, Mystery
Director: Raoul Walsh
Starring: Walter Pidgeon, Joan Bennett, Cary Grant, ,
Run time: 77 min
IMDb: 6.6/10
Country: USA
Views: 94048


Dan Barr is a flatfoot on the trail of jewel robbers. Eve Fallon is his girl of 5 years. We meet them spitting and sparring, but never doubting they’re in love. Eve is a manicurist, with an eye for news. Soon after we meet her, she’s out of the beauty salon and into the news-room as an ace reporter. With Eve’s help, Dan nabs one of the jewel gang members, Cortig, whose stray bullet killed a baby in the park. A spooked witness and a slick lawyer get Cortig off. Disgusted with the lack of justice, Dan quits the force to find his own justice. Eve, likewise, quits the paper and returns to her job as manicurist. While giving a manicure, Eve unwittingly discovers that a prominent local citizen is the jewel gang’s leader. All the while, Dan is hot on the trail. Their trails merge and the case is solved.
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User Reviews: Big Brown Eyes would have been a big fat bomb if Cary Grant hadn’t carried the movie. Even in such an early picture (1936) his debonair, yet cheeky gentleman style is evident. Playing a detective seemed odd, yet no matter what role he is cast in, he makes it his own. His romantic interest, Joan Bennett, seemed a tad too hard around the edges to play his girlfriend, but she did manage some decent repertoire with Grant, especially when the packing scene in Grant’s apartment. Overall, the picture is uneven. It can’t decide if it is a serious crime/drama or a light comedy. There is a scene where a stray bullet kills a baby (intimated) and there is nothing funny about that. Another scene a man is shot while arranging roses. It’s incongruent action like these scenes that makes this movie just short of unwatchable. I have yet to see a Cary Grant movie that I didn’t like, and this one seems a practice for his all out great flick His Gal Friday. Big Brown Eyes is watchable, only because of Cary Grant.

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