Big Brown Eyes
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRaoul Walsh
Written byJames Edward Grant (story)

Bert Hanlon

Raoul Walsh
Produced byWalter Wanger
CinematographyGeorge T. Clemens
Edited byRobert L. Simpson
Music byGerard Carbonara
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • April 3, 1936 (1936-04-03)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$359,009[1]

Big Brown Eyes is a 1936 American crime comedy film.[2] In the film, police officer Danny Barr (Cary Grant) is chasing jewel robbers. His girlfriend Eve Fallon (Joan Bennett) is initially working as a manicurist, but quickly takes a job as a reporter assisting in the effort against the jewel thieves. Fallon and Barr become disgusted when one jewel gang member is acquitted after killing a baby in Central Park, and both leave their jobs. Soon thereafter, Fallon gets a lucky break while giving a manicure and the case is solved.

Main cast


The film recorded a loss of $14,645.[1] Critics have regarded it as "disposable"[3] and "inconsequential"[4] with "shoddy writing and generally uninspired performances."[5]

Writing for The Spectator in 1936, Graham Greene gave the film a positive review, characterizing it as "a fast well-directed and quite unsentimental gangster film, pleasantly free from emotion".[6]


  1. ^ a b c Matthew Bernstein, Walter Wagner: Hollywood Independent, Minnesota Press, 2000 p436
  2. ^ Brody, Richard (February 10, 2015). "Movie of the Week: "Big Brown Eyes"". The New Yorker. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  3. ^ Vineyard, David L. (August 8, 2009). "A Movie Review". Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  4. ^ Kellow, Brian (November 26, 2004). The Bennetts: An Acting Family. University Press of Kentucky. p. 205. ISBN 0813123291.
  5. ^ N., F.S. (May 2, 1936). "At the Capitol". New York Times. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  6. ^ Greene, Graham (June 19, 1936). "Dangerous/Big Brown Eyes". The Spectator. (reprinted in: John Russel, Taylor, ed. (1980). The Pleasure Dome. pp. 82. ISBN 0192812866.)