July 20 – Perfect Code Film Feature #20
Today’s highlighted film is Big City from 1948. When an Irish Catholic policeman, a Jewish cantor, and a Protestant minister find an abandoned baby girl, the court allows them to raise her together as their daughter while she lives with the cantor’s mother. It’s agreed that she will be given to the first man who marries, but complications ensue when the policeman falls for a nightclub singer and the other two men both take a fancy to their foster daughter’s schoolteacher. This film stars Margaret O’Brien, Robert Preston, and Danny Thomas. It was directed by Norman Taurog, produced by Joe Pasternak, and released by MGM. This is a perfect Code film because it paints a beautiful picture of Catholicism, Protestantism, and Judaism coexisting peacefully in one family because three men love one little girl. I like this movie because of its charming mixture of sentiment, humor, and drama. My favorite thing about it is the musical talent it features, including Betty Garrett’s peppy performing, Margaret O’Brien’s imitation, Danny Thomas’s cantor singing, and the beautiful vocalizing of his mother, who is played by opera singer Lotte Lehmann.
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