Big Brown Eyes


1h 17m 1936

Brief Synopsis

A reporter and a detective team up to expose a ring of jewel thieves.

Film Details

Genre
Mystery
Release Date
Apr 3, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Walter Wanger Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short stories "Hahsit Babe" and "Big Brown Eyes" by James Edward Grant in Liberty (23 Feb 1935 and 18 May 1935).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 17m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

Manicurist Eve Fallon is in love with police detective Danny Barr, but becomes jealous when she misinterprets Dan's business relationship with Mrs. Cole, for whom he is investigating the theft of her jewelry. Mrs. Cole entrusts the recovery of her jewels to Richard Morey, a racketeer posing as a private detective. Eve is fired when she yells at Dan in the barber shop where she works, but when Morey, who has been a client, later tries to seduce her, she rejects him. Dan attempts to tell Eve the truth about Mrs. Cole, but Eve refuses to believe him, and is hired as a newspaper reporter by her friend, editor Jack Sully. Morey meets with his cohorts, Russ Cortig and Benny Battle, and orders them to meet with Carey and Don Butler, the thieves who stole Mrs. Cole's jewels, and offer them $40,000 for the goods. They meet in the park, but the Butlers reject the offer, because they know the jewels were insured for $200,000. When the Butlers punch Cortig and run, he fires at them, accidentally killing a baby in its carriage. Cortig and Battle then escape. Dan is assigned to the murder case and, upon finding a list of the stolen jewels near the scene of the murder, connects the two crimes. Eve is reconciled with Dan and interviews Bessie, a witness to the baby murder. She recognizes Bessie's description of Battle, who flirted with Bessie and often flirted with Eve at the barber shop. After Bessie positively identifies Battle by a photo, Dan arrests him, but Bessie is intimidated by Morey's thugs and refuses to identify Battle in a police line-up. In order to scare Battle into confessing, Eve reports that he has already confessed, and the news makes the headlines. As Battle is released from jail, Eve fires shots from Dan's gun, which frighten Battle into returning to jail and confessing all to Dan. Although Morey's involvement is not revealed by Battle's confession, Cortig is arrested for the murder. A court trial, however, finds Cortig innocent based on his manufactured alibi. Eve quits the newspaper because she is not allowed to print more damning information about Cortig, and Dan quits the police force so he can get Cortig on his own terms. Eve returns to work as a manicurist, and gets postcards from Dan from up and down the East coast. When Eve reveals to Morey, who is getting a manicure, that Dan is after Cortig, Morey calls Carey Butler and tells him that he and Don can have Cortig's share of the money for the jewels if they get rid of him. After Morey leaves, Eve spills some powder and, noticing Morey's scarred thumbprint, recalls that the police were looking for a man with a scar on his thumb. She takes the print to police fingerprint experts. Dan then returns to New York and hides on the window sill of Cortig's apartment when Cortig returns home with the Butlers. They kill Cortig and take Dan hostage after seeing his silhouette through the window shade. Carey calls Morey, who is getting a manicure from Eve, and allows Eve to talk to Dan briefly. Morey instructs Carey to meet Eve at the barber shop, where they will exchange money for jewels. After Eve leaves, Morey calls the police and advises them to arrest Carey and Eve. Dan manages to escape from Don by throwing his voice and knocking him out. Morey goes to the barber shop to watch the action. Dan arrives shortly after and turns out the lights at a crucial moment. Pandemonium ensues, and when the lights go back on, Dan has handcuffed Morey and Carey together. After the police arrest them, the police chief informs Dan that he had never accepted his resignation. Eve then consents to Dan's marriage proposal.

Cast

Cary Grant

Danny Barr

Joan Bennett

Eve Fallon

Walter Pidgeon

Richard Morey

Lloyd Nolan

Russ Cortig

Alan Baxter

Carey Butler

Marjorie Gateson

Mrs. Cole

Isabel Jewell

Bessie Blair

Douglas Fowley

Benny Battle

Henry Kleinbach

Don Butler

Joseph Sawyer

Jack Sully

Dolores Casey

Cashier

Doris Canfield

Myrtle

Edwin Maxwell

Editor

Helen Brown

Mother

Sam Flint

Martin

John Picorri

Defense attorney

Charles Wilson

Prosecuting attorney

Charles Martin

Red

Francis Mcdonald

Malley

Eddie Conrad

Joe

Edmund Jones

Chauffeur

Guy Usher

Judge Davis

Bert Hanlon

Farrell

Frances Morris

Manicurist

Mary Bovard

Manicurist

Betty Van Auken

Manicurist

Dorothy Thompson

Manicurist

Kay Gordon

Manicurist

Betty Gordon

Manicurist

Eleanor Huntley

Manicurist

Jeannette Warren

Manicurist

Roberta Theiss

Manicurist

Gale Goodson

Manicurist

Helaine Moler

Manicurist

Beulah Mcdonald

Manicurist

Jinx Falkenberg

Manicurist

Ethel Sykes

Manicurist

Phil Dunham

Barber

Francis Sayles

Barber

Mal Merrihugh

Barber

George Warren

Barber

Lloyd Taylor

Barber

Bill Mcgeary

Barber

Jack Dillon

Barber

Curly Wright

Barber

Billy Sullivan

Barber

Fred "snowflake" Toones

Shoeshiner

Eddie Hines

Shoeshiner

Rex Moore

Page

Hal Greene

Page

Ray Cordell

Elevator operator

Fred Anderson

Elevator operator

Geraldine Leslie

Maid

Ethel Mantell

Maid

Jack Daley

Mooney

Jack Kennedy

Mahoney

Lee Phelps

Jailer

Charles Hamilton

Clerk

Steve Strelich

Prisoner

John Reese

Prisoner

Lionel Pedley

Polo player

George Warren

Polo player

Allen Connor

Husband

George Macquarrie

Chief of detectives

Homer Dickinson

Police chief

Bud Geary

Gangster

Billy Arnold

Customer

Don Brodie

Raymond Hargrave

Film Details

Genre
Mystery
Release Date
Apr 3, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Walter Wanger Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short stories "Hahsit Babe" and "Big Brown Eyes" by James Edward Grant in Liberty (23 Feb 1935 and 18 May 1935).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 17m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Two contemporary sources list Walter Pidgeon's character as "Scola." However, this name was only used in an early script. According to a news item in New York Times, Fred MacMurray was originally slated for the role of "Dan Barr."