Big Brown Eyes: Crime Comedy, Starring Cary Grant and Joan Bennett

In Raoul Walsh’s uncharacteristically minor crime comedy, Big Brown Eyes, Cary Grant plays police officer Danny Barr, chasing jewel robbers.

The story is credited to James Edward Grant (who would become one of John Wayne’s most reliable scribe), with uncredited contribution from Walsh.

Joan Bennett plays his girlfriend Eve Fallon, who after working as manicurist, becomes a reporter assigned to cover the jewel thieves case,

When one jewel gang member is acquitted after killing a baby in Central Park, both Barr and Fallon quit their jobs.

Soon thereafter, Fallon gets a lucky break while giving a manicure and the case is solved.

Dismissed by critics as inconsequential, the comedy was a commercial failure.

Release date: April 3, 1936.

Running time: 75 minutes.

Cast
Cary Grant as Det. Sgt. Danny Barr
Joan Bennett as Eve Fallon
Walter Pidgeon as Richard Morey
Lloyd Nolan as Russ Cortig
Alan Baxter as Cary Butler
Marjorie Gateson as Mrs. Chesley Cole
Isabel Jewell as Bessie Blair
Douglas Fowley as Benjamin ‘Benny’ Battle