Big City Blues (1932 film)

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Big City Blues
Big City Blues (1932).jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
Written by Lillie Hayward
Based on the play New York Town
by Ward Morehouse
Starring Joan Blondell
Eric Linden
Jobyna Howland
Music by Ray Heindorf
Bernhard Kaun
Cinematography James Van Trees
Edited by Ray Curtiss
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • September 10, 1932 (1932-09-10)
Running time
63 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Big City Blues is a 1932 Warner Bros. pre-Code drama film directed by Mervyn LeRoy. The film is based on the play New York Town by Ward Morehouse and stars Joan Blondell and Eric Linden, with an uncredited early appearance by Humphrey Bogart.


Bud Reeves is an innocent young man who once lived in a small town. After inheriting money, he moves to New York City where he meets his cousin Gibby. He introduces him to chorus girl Vida Fleet, who he falls in love with. Troubles start to come when they decide to throw a party where a woman is killed after accidentally being hit on her head. Bud and Vita try to escape from the police and after arresting everybody, the real killer is soon revealed. Bud immediately goes back to his home in Indiana, but wants to go back to New York to marry Vida.


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