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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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Joseph 'Duke' Berne
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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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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Night and Day
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Music by Cole Porter
Played on the piano in the Fleming apartment
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A bit of afternoon noir
8 November 2000 | by (Lawrence, KS) – See all my reviews

This lost little bit of film noir featuring Bogart in his usual tough guy role (this film being made just previous to Casablanca) is not a bad watch for a lazy afternoon. There is nothing stellar about the plot, the performances, or the action, and some of it is even quite funny. Watch as the camera is pushed in at the actors' faces at key moments time and time again. Another fun part is the snowy car/motorcycle chase, a danger anyone who has fish-tailed their car on the way to work on a cold winter morning can relate to. If you haven't seen "Casablanca" or the "The Maltese Falcon," make sure you've seen those first, but you could certainly do worse than "The Big Shot."


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