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Big Brown Eyes

1936 1h 17m Mystery & Thriller List
86% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 57% Audience Score 250+ Ratings A Times Square manicurist (Joan Bennett) turns reporter and helps a detective (Cary Grant) on a case. Read More Read Less

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Richard Brody New Yorker Walsh fills the movie with cocksure grifters and workaday wiseacres who dish out sharp-edged patter—none more than Grant and Bennett, whose gibing often resembles quasi-Beckettian doubletalk. Jan 10, 2023 Full Review Meyer Levin (Patterson Murphy) Esquire Magazine Cary Grant and Joan Bennett and Alan Baxter, who is being murderously typed. Here was one of the two best young actors to appear this year...but he happened to do a good job on a gangster. May 4, 2020 Full Review Graham Greene The Spectator A fast well-directed and quite unsentimental gangster film, pleasantly free from emotion -- for emotion on the screen is nearly always false emotion. May 15, 2018 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Unsentimental gangster film. Rated: B- Feb 17, 2015 Full Review Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television Offbeat mix of comedy and mystery, inventively styled by Raoul Walsh. Jul 17, 2009 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...elevated by the uniformly engaging performances. Rated: 2.5/4 Dec 7, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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kevin w Two years after the release of The Thin Man finds Cary Grant and Joan Bennett paired as a more grounded type of sleuthing couple in the vein of Nick and Nora Charles, only without all of the vodka martinis and more blue-collar. They're after some jewel thieves, who're led by the "overly cultured and so he's highly suspicious" Walter Pidgeon. There are plenty of twists, with snappy dialogue included, but the plotting, direction, and secondary characterizations are too obvious, exposing a lack of finesse, which gums up the works, like a peanut butter sandwich for lunch. It does the job, eh, but blah. It's better than a B movie. Call it a B+. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review steve d Not one of Grant's best but it is still Grant. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Tom M Movie starts a little slow but picks up steam and has strong ending. Grant and Bennett are great , as is the supporting cast. Rare to see Pidgeon as a villian. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 05/03/20 Full Review Audience Member another early example of a working girl with a career-newspaper reporter here. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Danny (Cary Grant) is a detective who is currently investigating a jewelry theft. His girlfriend, Eve (Joan Bennett), is a sassy women who works as a manicurist but recently has started a career as a investigative reporter. The two of them work together, from there respective professions, to solve what turns out to be a criminal ring of jewelery theifs, who are also responsible for the murder of a baby in central park. Big Brown Eyes is a very unique film in that its a zany witty comedy with a few quite dark thrilling moments. I mean, what type of comedy murders a baby? The dialogue is rather unique in that the characters essentially are never direct towards one and other, at least compared to most films. Cary Grant and Joan Bennet are just so full of energy and this dialogue feels so natural because of this. Both these actors have so much charisma, particularly in this movie, that you cant help but love them. Aesthetically is rather standard but it does have some fun stylistic segments. For example, there are three or so segments in which we are shown various characters at slanted camera angles in quick-cut rapid succession as they gossip in a beauty parlor about the current events which are taking place. It's just one stylistic moment which personofies just how playful, hectic and fun this film is. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Great movie with Grant, if you're a fan, you should see this one. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A Times Square manicurist (Joan Bennett) turns reporter and helps a detective (Cary Grant) on a case.
Raoul Walsh
Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
Release Date (DVD)
May 27, 2014
1h 17m