Big Brown Eyes (1936)

I haven’t seen many crime comedies that revolve around manicures, but that’s exactly what this Raoul Walsh (the one-eyed director of High Sierra) comedy is all about.

Cary Grant plays police officer Danny Barr, who is growing tired of chasing jewel thieves. His girlfriend Eve Fallon (Joan Bennett, Dark Shadows, Madame Blanc in Suspiria) gives up her manicurist job to become a reporter, aiding Danny as he hunts down the criminals. One of them gives up way too much info while getting his nails done, which leads to them finally tracking down the big bad, Richard Morey (Walter Pidgeon, who was in both Sextette and Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood at the end of his career).

It’s a fun little farce. It was also one of more than seven hundred Paramount productions, filmed between 1929-49, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution. It aired for the first time on TV in 1959.

You can get this as part of Kino Lorber’s Cary Grant Collection, which is a great opportunity to own some of the actor’s earliest films on blu ray.

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