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Margaret O'Brien sings, dances and keeps the faith in this heartwarming musical drama costarring Robert Preston, Danny Thomas and George Murphy. Midge (O'Brien) is the luckiest girl in New York. Found abandoned as an infant, she's adopted by a cantor (Thomas), a reverend (Preston) and a Catholic cop (Murphy), who raise her together as only three loving fathers can. But when the police officer marries a saloon singer (Betty Garrett) and insists on sole custody, the trio winds up in court, where Midge, with the help of a kind-hearted judge (Edward Arnold), must decide what's best for her fathers as well as herself. Highlighted by opera legend Lotte Lehmann in her only American film appearance and featuring Broadway star Betty Garrett in her big-screen debut, Big City is MGM at its musical best, packed with "good production values, charming musical numbers and standout performances" (The Motion Picture Guide).
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there is a love triangle, a Singer, a teacher and others who have an impact on her life. It's a blend of drama, comedy and musical that will make you feel good each time you watch it.
it's a film where single men of "three different faiths" - a Jew, a Protestant and a Catholic - virtuously unite in raising a foundling - altho much of the work probably was done by the Jewish grandmother - then a crisis arises when one of the men falls for a bar entertainer while 2 others fall for a teacher - you can guess the rest
wait - you might not guess that an Irving Berlin song pops up about every 5 minutes - too bad they weren't his most memorable - except for "What'll I Do" - and "God Bless America" at the end - i did warn you this was saccharine
very average acting by Danny Thomas - Robert Preston - George Murphy as the men - Karin Booth as the teacher - German opera star Lotte Lehmann as the grandmother
Betty Garrett as the bar entertainer - in her first movie role - manages to add some dimension - but only Margaret O'Brien gives the movie oomph - she was about 10 years old at the time - and was by then too pretty to deny - whereas in her earlier movies - she'd be given a "plain girl" role - her charisma and acting talent were intact - but horribly wasted in this film
it was refreshing to see Edward Arnold in a rare good guy role as the insightful judge - but he was only at the beginning and end of the film
not surprisingly - there are no extras on this DVD-R version - at least the image quality was pretty good
this film will meet the expectations of fans of this old B&W sunday sermon-y type of film - for others - watch it if you're a fan of one of the actors - as i am of Margaret - that's how i managed to sit thru the whole thing
for top notch Margaret O'Brien flicks - try MEET ME IN ST LOUIS or CANTERVILLE GHOST