The Big Clock

The Big Clock

DVD - 2004
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"Hotshot crime magazine editor George Stroud inadvertently becomes the subject of a murder investigation after spending an evening with his boss' mistress"--Container.


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Released in 1948. Rated PG-13. Director: John Farrow. Actors: Ray Milland, Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Sullivan, and George Macready, among others.

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Mar 08, 2018

Noir I get, but some scenes were so dark I literally couldn't see what was going on -so I watched them again - and LOVED IT even more. Laughton is irredeemable, Ray M plays a drunken scoundrel just hapless enough that we can't hate him -although Maureen should've dumped him long ago. Elsa L is a breath of fresh air, but poor Pauline never even saw the hairdryer coming (google it)...Lois Lane has an elevator cameo and Colonel Potter is a young thug/masseur (tell me there's not more to that story!) Whats not to like? with a family all named George (not foreman), a junk shop/bar where the bartender has a bubble wand handy & 2 guys share a piano bench waiting for a listener, a romp through ol'midtown cocktail loungeland and a pretty twisty mystery to boot? If it feels slow, by today's breakneck standards, have an intermission (and a cocktail) then come back for the neck breaking.
The book was apparently pretty steamy..I wonder if the library has a copy?

Sep 13, 2017

I liked this movie & prefer it to the remake. I haven't read the book, but think I should!

Mar 12, 2015

A most excellent surprise. The film's poorly chosen title "The Big Clock" makes it sound like it is a story geared for kindergarten age children. But no, this DVD is late 1940's film-noir adult fair from beginning to end. The protagonist works as a magazine managing editor. His boss owns a huge publishing conglomerate and values his organization's efficiency highly, and toward that end monitors his employee's use of time precisely, hence the title. There are a few holes in the plot that the viewer just has to ignore in order to fully enjoy the film. Otherwise, this is an excellent and well done mystery film, challenging late 1940's American social mores and a precursor to the information age. Recommended.

Aug 04, 2014

Oh boy, do we have buried film treasure with "The Big Clock". KCLS has 3 copies and none are checked out. The current reviews are generally good to great, so why neglect such a great crime mystery film? Have you all seen this film? If you missed it your in for a really good night at the movies. The Big Clock is considered one of the best films called "film noir". Now I am not a film student, but I know when I see a great movie. This is probably Ray Milland's is one of his best movies and he is supported by Charles Laughton and Elsa Lancaster. The movie keeps you on the edge of your seat as Ray Milland tries to prove his innocence. "The Big Clock" is a movie that you think about for days after. Wow, what a movie!!! All the stars and supporting cast are great. Please give this movie a chance and I think you will be well rewarded. Thanks for reading the above. As always, love to hear your reaction to the movie!

Jun 17, 2014

On first viewing, strained plot is clever and engaging. Subsequent viewing a little tedious when outcome is known.

Oct 07, 2011

Enjoyed this movie upon which the Kevin Costner movie "No Way Out" is based. This version seems to take itself a little less seriously.


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