A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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“Big Apple” nightclub (The Three Faces of Eve film, 1957)

The Three Faces of Eve is an American mystery drama film, written and directed by Nunnally Johnson (1897-1977). Joanne Woodward won an Academy Award for her roles(s) of a woman with dissociative identity disorder.

Several lines of the film mention a nightclub called “Big Apple.” It is not clear where the fictional “Big Apple” nightclub is located. “One night Ralph had to go to Savannah, so I went over to the Big Apple and I got kinda gassed up” is a line in the film. “But I (Eve Black—etc.) sang in nightclubs, a lot of ‘em.” / “Where?” / “Well, across the river’s one. The Big Apple. You ever been there?” is some dialogue. One IMDb (The Internet Movie Database) comment is, “The film is a true story and takes place between 1951 and 1953 in a small town not too far from New York City.” Would “across the river” refer to the Hudson River?

“Big Apple” and “Eve” probably allude to the biblical story of Adam & Eve and the forbidden fruit (said by some to be an apple).

Joanne Woodward was married to actor Paul Newman (1925-2008). In the film Slap Shot (1977), Newman would say, “The Minnesota Night Hawks. I’m coaching. The Big Apple!”


Wikipedia: The Three Faces of Eve
The Three Faces of Eve is a 1957 American mystery drama film presented in CinemaScope, based on the book of the same name about the life of Chris Costner Sizemore, which was written by psychiatrists Corbett H. Thigpen and Hervey M. Cleckley, who also helped write the screenplay. Sizemore, also known as Eve White, was a woman they suggested might have dissociative identity disorder (then known as multiple personality disorder). Sizemore’s identity was concealed in interviews about this film and was not revealed to the public until 1977. The film was directed by Nunnally Johnson.

IMDb (The Internet Movie Database)
The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
Approved | 1h 31min | Drama, Mystery | 18 September 1957 (USA)
Director: Nunnally Johnson
Writers: Nunnally Johnson (screenplay), Corbett Thigpen (book) (as Corbett H. Thigpen M.D.) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Joanne Woodward, David Wayne, Lee J. Cobb | See full cast & crew »


IMDb (The Internet Movie Database)
The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
User Reviews

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One of the Greatest Performances of All Time
Supachewy 28 November 2010
The drama The Three Faces of Eve is directed by Nunnally Johnson and stars Joanne Woodward, David Wayne, and Lee J. Cobb. The film is a true story and takes place between 1951 and 1953 in a small town not too far from New York City.

Drew’s Script-O-Rama
The Three Faces Of Eve Script - Dialogue Transcript
(...)
- Were you ever on the stage, Miss Black?
- No, not exactly on the stage.
But I sang in nightclubs, a lot of ‘em. 
- Where?
- Well, across the river’s one. 
- The Big Apple. You ever been there?
- No, l’m afraid I haven’t.
They’re crazy about me at the Big Apple.
(...)
One night Ralph had to go to Savannah,
so I went over to the Big Apple
and I got kinda gassed up.
(...)
Is he the one who told you
to go out to the Big Apple every night?
(...)
I suppose you’d rather stay here
and go to that Big Apple.

Scripts
The Three Faces of Eve
(...)
- Were you ever on the stage, Miss Black?
- No, not exactly on the stage.
But I sang in nightclubs, a lot of ‘em.
- Where?
- Well, across the river’s one.
- The Big Apple. You ever been there?
- No, l’m afraid I haven’t.
They’re crazy about me at the Big Apple.
(...)
One night Ralph had to go to Savannah,
so I went over to the Big Apple
and I got kinda gassed up.
(...)
Is he the one who told you
to go out to the Big Apple every night?
(...)
I suppose you’d rather stay here
and go to that Big Apple.

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December 28, 2020 ·
The Three Faces of Eve ( Eve Black)
("Big Apple” is mentioned at 9:30, and again soon after that.—ed.)

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