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directed by Norman Taurog
USA 19


Margaret O’Brien sings, dances and keeps the faith in this heart-warming 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).


Theatrical Release: March 25th, 1948

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Runtime 1:42:52

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.63 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: May 2nd, 2012
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Only in the movies - sure, a lot of Hokum - but it's so good-natured you can brush it off and enjoy. It's not much of a movie beyond its cuteness.

It's standard single-layered and progressive in the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio and is a bit hazy. Contrast isn't producing premium black levels but it is a reasonable appearance and acceptable. There is a touch of noise - but overall very watchable.

The mono sound is decent but unremarkable and there are no subtitles offered. There are no supplements.

Interesting to see Danny Thomas. One of the issues I had was that Big City seemed to drag a bit - mainly, I suppose, because I wasn't very interested in it. Others may differ. It's not a bad film - just not a very engrossing one.  

  - Gary Tooze



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