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Big Brown Eyes (1936)




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Joan Bennett is a manicurist who becomes a newspaper reporter. She joins forces with jaunty detective Cary Grant to get the goods on a particularly vicious insurance racket. Bennett unwittingly puts her life in danger by dating a supposedly above-board socialite (Walter Pidgeon) who is actually the brains behind the criminal operation. Big Brown Eyes is an enigma; every time we think we're in for a screwball comedy, something awful happens to jolt us back to reality. It's hard to lightly dismiss such scenes as the shooting death of a baby in its stroller.


Cary Grant
as Det. Sgt. Danny Barr
Joan Bennett
as Eve Fallon
Walter Pidgeon
as Richard Morey
Isabel Jewell
as Bessie Blair
Lloyd Nolan
as Russ Cortig
Alan Baxter
as Cary Butler
Douglas Fowley
as Benny Bottle
Henry Brandon
as Don Butler
Ed Jones
as Chauffeur
Charles C. Wilson
as Prosecuting Attorney
John Picorri
as Defense Attorney
Sam Flint
as Martin
Joe Sawyer
as Jack Sully
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Critic Reviews for Big Brown Eyes

All Critics (6)

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…

A fast well-directed and quite unsentimental gangster film, pleasantly free from emotion -- for emotion on the screen is nearly always false emotion.

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Unsentimental gangster film.

February 17, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Offbeat mix of comedy and mystery, inventively styled by Raoul Walsh.

July 17, 2009 | Full Review…

...elevated by the uniformly engaging performances.

December 7, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Grant e Bennett formam uma dupla divertida, mas a trama é medíocre e o tom cômico do filme é comprometido em função da péssima decisão de encenar a morte violenta de um bebê.

April 26, 2006 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Big Brown Eyes


Great movie with Grant, if you're a fan, you should see this one.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Just another programmer churned out in the thirties as fodder for the lower half of the bill but also used as building blocks for stars, this has two of the best with Cary Grant and Joan Bennett a nice team, a shame they didn't get to work together when they were at the top, they have a really nice chemistry with each other.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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