The Big Street (RKO 1942, Henry Fonda, Lucille Ball)

The Big Street Henry Fonda

Damon Runyon’s Times Square world of con men and hustlers populate the background in tragicomic romance The Big Street, produced by Runyon himself. Unusual roles for Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball as an innocent busboy named Little Pinks and Gloria, a glamorous nightclub singer. Hard-as-nails and dollar-wise, Gloria spurns the smitten busboy, but when an accident confines her to a wheelchair, Gloria is forced to turn to Little Pinks for help.

The credo of Lucille Ball’s character is, “A girl’s best friend is a dollar.

Cast: Henry Fonda, Lucille Ball, Eugene Pallette, Virginia Weidler. Agnes Moorehead, Barton MacLane, Ozzie Nelson and his Orchestra, Sam Levene. Ray Collins, Marion Martin

Director: Irving Reis
Producer: Damon Runyon
Director of Photography: Russell Metty
Editor: William Hamilton
Composer: Roy Webb
Screenwriter: Leonard Spigelgass
Production Designer: Albert S. D’Agostino

USA / RKO / 88 minutes / 1942

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