Three time loser Duke Berne risks life in prison with one more armored car robbery. His attorney's wife Lorna, Berne's old sweetheart, keeps him from it but he goes to jail anyway. Duke and... See full summary »

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Lorna Fleming
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George Anderson
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Stanley Ridges ...
Martin T. Fleming, Attorney
Minor Watson ...
Warden George Booth
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Frank 'Dancer' Smith
Joe Downing ...
Frenchy (as Joseph Downing)
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Sandor
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Quinto, a Convict
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Faye
John Ridgely ...
Tim
Joe King ...
Prosecutor Toohey (as Joseph King)
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Judge
Virginia Brissac ...
Mrs. Booth
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Three time loser Duke Berne risks life in prison with one more armored car robbery. His attorney's wife Lorna, Berne's old sweetheart, keeps him from it but he goes to jail anyway. Duke and Lorna get some time together again after he stages a prison break, but if he stays with her his old friend George will have to take the rap for killing one of the guards. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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HUMPHREY BOGART as the Last of the Racket Barons... the Big Shot of 'em all! See more »

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13 June 1942 (USA)  »

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Der große Gangster  »

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Joseph 'Duke' Berne: When a thing stinks, it stinks.
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Referenced in Biography: Humphrey Bogart (2003) See more »

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Night and Day
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Music by Cole Porter
Played on the piano in the Fleming apartment
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Bogart breaks out of prison
8 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Big Shot" (1942) is a film noir, not deeply noir in its story but still qualifying, according to critic John Grant. It's now available on DVD, and the print is excellent. The film features Humphrey Bogart as a three-time loser who wants to go straight. Bogart was expert in the gangster roles that proliferated in the early part of his career, and he's convincing in this role too. Stanley Ridges is strong as a devious lawyer, whose wife, Irene Manning, ends up with Bogey. The film's plot is not that of a typical gangster movie. In this one, Bogey wants to stay honest. The film features some dandy action sequences, including a robbery and car chase, a prison breakout and a chase scene through snowy and curvy mountain roads. The IMDb rating of 6.7 seems about right to me. I enjoyed watching this again last night. When I saw it years ago, I was pleasantly surprised at its noir cinematography in places.


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