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The Big Shot (1942)

 -  Drama | Crime  -  13 June 1942 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Irene Manning ...
Lorna Fleming
Richard Travis ...
George Anderson
Susan Peters ...
Ruth Carter
Stanley Ridges ...
Martin T. Fleming, Attorney
Minor Watson ...
Warden George Booth
Chick Chandler ...
Frank 'Dancer' Smith
Joe Downing ...
Frenchy (as Joseph Downing)
Howard Da Silva ...
Sandor
Murray Alper ...
Quinto, a Convict
Roland Drew ...
Faye
John Ridgely ...
Tim
Joe King ...
Prosecutor Toohey (as Joseph King)
John Hamilton ...
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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THE SAGA OF THE RISE AND FALL OF A GANG LORD AND HIS LADY! See more »

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13 June 1942 (USA)  »

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Joseph 'Duke' Berne: When a thing stinks, it stinks.
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Night and Day
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Music by Cole Porter
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Bogart Makes It Worthwhile
29 April 2003 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

The Big Shot is a decent crime picture, reminiscent in theme to the previous year's High Sierra, which also featured Humphrey Bogart. Director Lewis Seiler was no Raoul Walsh but handles the familiar plot about the doomed criminal nicely, giving it shadings of atmosphere, urban and rural. The movie is one of the last flowerings of the second major wave of gangster pictures, of which it is a late example. Bogart is excellent, yet one can sense the genre running out of steam despite his performance and the nice pace of the film. There were more pressing issues at hand by the time the movie was made, such as a world war with Germany and Japan, as overall the activity of the criminals in the movie seem small potatoes compared to what was going on elsewhere, in Europe and in the Pacific.


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