The Big Street [DVD] [1942]

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  • Release Date: 12/02/2014
  • Rating: NR
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The Big Street
Lucille Ball delivers the finest dramatic performance of her career in this satisfying adaptation of Damon Runyon's The Big Street. Ball is cast as Gloria, aka "Your Highness," 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 Gloria 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 invalided and doggedly ungrateful songstress hand and foot. So devoted to Gloria 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. The ending is at once the most lachrymose and most effectively moving scene in the film, one that can only be spoiled if detailed here. Produced by Damon Runyon himself, The Big Street is one of the few completely successful filmed Runyon adaptations-as well as Lucille Ball's finest hour (and a half) on-screen. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Henry Fonda
    Henry Fonda - Little Pinks
  • Lucille Ball
    Lucille Ball - Gloria
  • Agnes Moorehead
    Agnes Moorehead - Violette
  • Barton MacLane
    Barton MacLane - Case Ables
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    Eugene Pallette - Nicely Nicely Johnson

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Who knew the I Love Lucy Star could be so mean!


    Lucille Ball is absolutely great in this. She even sings and does a wonderful job. Henry fonda in one of his early acting jobs is so in love with Lucy he endures so much meanness and pain from her. He will bring even hardcore no tears men to tears with the lengths he goes to for the woman he loves. This is movie making at it's best.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Lucy Movie!

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    If you are a Lucy fan, this movie is for you! It is a great one to watch!

    I would recommend this to a friend

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