The Big Clock
When powerful publishing tycoon Earl Janoth commits an act of murder at the height of passion, he cleverly begins to cover his tracks and frame an innocent man whose identity he doesn’t know but who just happens to have contact with the murder victim. That man is a close associate on his magazine whom he enlists to trap this “killer” – George Stroud. It’s up to George to continue to “help” Janoth, to elude the police and to find proof of his innocence and Janoth’s guilt.
Plot Keywords: editor / frame-up / magazine / manhunt / tycoon
Taglines: Unanimously acclaimed as the super-suspense hit!
Certificate: Australia:G | Australia:A | Australia:PG (video rating) | Brazil:12 (video rating) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:12 (video rating) | Germany:12 (video rating) | Hong Kong:IIA (video rating) | Japan:PG-12 (video rating) | Philippines:PG-13 (MTRCB) | Singapore:PG (video rating) | South Africa:PG (video rating) | South Korea:12 (video rating) | United Kingdom:A | United Kingdom:PG (DVD rating) | United States:Approved | United States:TV-PG (TV Rating) | West Germany:12
Cast: Ray Milland , Charles Laughton , Maureen O’Sullivan , George Macready , Rita Johnson , Elsa Lanchester , Harold Vermilyea , Dan Tobin , Harry Morgan , Richard Webb , Elaine Riley , Luis Van Rooten , Lloyd Corrigan , Frank Orth , Margaret Field , Philip Van Zandt , Henri Letondal , Douglas Spencer , Bobby Watson , B.G. Norman , Joey Ray , Frances Morris , Harry Rosenthal , Ernö Verebes , James Burke , Lucille Barkley , Marlene Aames , Eric Alden , Bea Allen , Dick Anderson , Harry Anderson , Dorothy Barrett , Brooks Benedict , Paul Bradley , Bill Burt , James Carlisle , Lane Chandler , Bob Coleman , Frances Conley , Mary Currier , Jim Davies , Mary Donovan , Mike Donovan , Lester Dorr , Jim Drum , Virginia Duffy , Ralph Dunn , Wally Earl , Skippy Elliott , Lee Emery , Franklyn Farnum , John Farrell , Julia Faye , Ernie Felice , Al Ferguson , Dick Fisher , Bess Flowers , Robbie Franks , Dick Gordon , Henry Guttman , Frank Hagney , Chuck Hamilton , Theresa Harris , Cliff Heard , Len Hendry , George Hoagland , Earle Hodgins , Stuart Holmes , Fred Howard , Jerry James , Richard Keene , Lucy Knoch , Bob Kortman , Pat Lane , Anton Leader , Norman Leavitt , Lillian Lindsco , Jean Marshall , Don McGill , William Meader , Lee Miller , Hans Moebus , Darlene Mohilef , Bert Moorhouse , Noel Neill , Barry Norton , Judy Nugent , Broderick O’Farrell , Garry Owen , Chick Parnell , Pepito Pérez , Sheila Raven , Gordon Richards , Ervin Richardson , Robert Riordan , Robert Robinson , Ruth Roman , John Sheehan , Helen Spring , Robert Stevenson , Diane Stewart , Harland Tucker , Tad Van Brunt , Nicholas Vehr , Max Wagner , Robert Wegner , Joe Whitehead , Napoleon Whiting , Kathy Young
Company: Paramount Pictures
Country: United States
Released Date: 09 Apr 1948 (USA)
Film Location: Paramount Studios – 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Runtime: 95 min
Soundmix: Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Color: Black and White
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
eifert » The Big Clock, starring Ray Milland and Charles Laughton, is a great black and white thriller in every way. Unlike many noirs of it's time, it's not a B movie. The lighting, sets, talent and camera-work are top notch. The acting is perfect, as would be expected with a cast like this. Milland is charming and easy to route for. In fact, I usually find him kind of stiff – a little to up tight and proper. Here he seems to be a real guy with real problems. Milland was most famously known for playing an alcoholic three years earlier. In a kind of nod to that "lost weekend" there's a fun scene of him going on a bender in Manhattan – with unforeseen results. Like all noirs, a small wrong decision becomes a bigger and bigger problem latter on. When Milland decides to hang out with a hot blonde instead of going home to his wife, you just know he's gonna get into big trouble. And boy does he. The big trouble is Laughton.
I've always enjoyed Charles "Capt. Bligh" Laughton. He was such a good actor. In The Big Clock he manages to be fascinating and loathsome playing the media empire kingpin. His character has no morals, and it's fun to watch him work. He clearly enjoyed himself making this film.
Oh, and isn't Elsa Lanchester great as the crazy artist? Everyone know's Lanchester. She wore the most famous hairdos in movie history.
Remade as No Way Out with Costner and Hackman in the leads.
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