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Big City Blues
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy • 1932 • United States
Starring Joan Blondell, Eric Linden, Jobyna Howland
Bud Reeves (Eric Linden) does what any young man from a small town would do when he unexpectedly comes into money: he heads to the big city in search of fame and fortune. Amid the bright lights of New York, Reeves finds a group of guys who claim to be his friends, only to fleece him out of his inheritance; a freewheeling chorus girl named Vida (Joan Blondell), to whom he loses his heart; and more trouble than he can handle when a woman dies at a wild party and he’s accused of murder. Featuring a young Humphrey Bogart, this pre-Code firecracker blends broad satire and hard-edged drama.