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Big City (1948 film)

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Big City
Film poster
Directed byNorman Taurog
Screenplay byAnne Morrison Chapin
Whitfield Cook
Aben Kandel (additional dialogue)
Nanette Kutner (adaptation)
Story byMiklos Laszlo
Produced byJoe Pasternak
StarringMargaret O'Brien
Robert Preston
Danny Thomas
George Murphy
Betty Garrett
Edward Arnold
CinematographyRobert Surtees
Edited byGene Ruggiero
Music byLothar Perl
Albert Sendrey
George Stoll
Production
company
Distributed byLoew's Inc.
Release date
  • March 25, 1948 (1948-03-25)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$1,725,000[1]
Box office$1,399,000[1]

Big City is a 1948 American drama film directed by Norman Taurog and starring Margaret O'Brien, Robert Preston and Danny Thomas.

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Plot

An abandoned infant is discovered in New York City by a cantor, David Feldman, and a minister, Rev. Phillip Andrews, who consult police officer Pat O'Donnell about what to do. Taking in the baby girl and naming her Midge, the three unmarried men seek legal custody in the courtroom of Judge Martin O. Abercrombie, who is agreeable on one condition—the first man to marry will become sole legal guardian of the girl.

At school after she's a few years older, Midge is teased by others for her unusual family situation. Even her teacher, Florence Barrett, does not approve of a child being raised without a mother. To alleviate her concerns, the men invite Florence to an evening at their home, where even Midge becomes happier about the way she is being brought up.

David falls in love with Florence and hopes to propose marriage. Pat, who has been seeing the extroverted singer "Shoo Shoo" Grady, elopes with her. The two clergymen are unsure that Shoo Shoo would be a proper parent for their child. It is left up to the judge, who gives careful consideration to everyone's concerns, then solves the problem by withdrawing his condition about marriage, permitting all three men to share fatherly responsibilities to Midge equally.

Cast

Reception

According to MGM records the movie was not a hit, earning $910,000 in the US and Canada and $489,000 elsewhere, making a loss to the studio of $850,000.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.

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