Big City (1937 film)

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Big City
Big City 1937 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Frank Borzage
Produced by Frank Borzage
Norman Krasna
Written by Norman Krasna
Dore Schary
Hugo Butler
Starring Luise Rainer
Spencer Tracy
Music by William Axt
Cinematography Joseph Ruttenberg
Edited by Fredrick Y. Smith
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • September 3, 1937 (1937-09-03)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $621,000[1]
Box office $1,601,000[1]

Big City is a 1937 drama film directed by Frank Borzage and starring Spencer Tracy. The film was also released as Skyscraper Wilderness.[2]


Joe Benton (Spencer Tracy) and his wife Anna (Luise Rainer) are suspected of starting a taxi war. Although innocent, they are blamed for everything that has happened and the officials demand that Anna be deported from the United States. While trying to prove their innocence, the couple feels forced to hide.

The film also casts a number of popular sports figures including Jack Dempsey, Jim Thorpe, and James J. Jeffries in minor comic roles.


Box Office[edit]

According to MGM records the film earned $906,000 in the US and Canada and $695,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $462,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  2. ^ The Great Depression in America by William H. Young, Nancy K. Young. p.560

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