The Big Night
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The Big Night
Awkward teenager George LeMain (John Drew Barrymore, credited as John Barrymore Jr.) is given a small birthday party by his widowed father Andy (Preston Foster) at his bar. He is puzzled that his father's longtime girlfriend, Frances, is not there, but neither Andy nor Flanagan (Howland Chamberlain), bartender and George's surrogate mother, will say why. George is embarrassed when he is unable to blow out all the candles on his cake, but that's nothing compared to the humiliation to come when sportswriter Al Judge (Howard St. John) enters the tavern. Judge orders the elder LeMain… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Apparently everybody was concerned with theatrical effects and forgot all about a story with point and intelligence."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Neither juvenile delinquent drama or a wild youth thriller, this is a portrait in rage and shame and disappointment in fathers and father figures."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"An hysterical melodrama posing as a film noir due to the dark underworld it inhabits."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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