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The Big Shot (1942)

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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Martin T. Fleming, Attorney
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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
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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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THE BIG SHOT RETURNS! Up From The Gutter To Make Gangland Shudder! See more »

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13 June 1942 (USA)  »

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Der große Gangster  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Goofs

During the exciting chase on snow and icy road towards the end, we see the pursuing police on motorbikes through the rear window of Duke's car, shooting bullets through the glass. However, during a quick series of exterior and interior cuts, the motorbikes disappear and then quickly reappear on one occasion. See more »

Quotes

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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Bogie returns doing what he does best
19 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A very exciting fast paced gangster saga, It's interesting seeing Bogart reverting back to his 30's style tough guy persona one more time immediately after his acclaim as Sam Spade in "The Maltese Falcon" & just before his next triumph as Rick Blaine in "Casablanca". This was a transitional period in his career when his image was being redefined from gangster to anti hero. This movie was released at the wrong time, it was seen either too late or too early. Had it been made & seen in the 1930's or had it been withheld & shown in the postwar years along side of "White Heat" it might've went over like gangbusters. But not in 1942 during World War II? We had much more pressing concerns & worries with the Japanese & the Germans. This movie is every bit as good as "High Sierra" if not better, the car chase scene down the slippery slope is exciting & well done. This film literally puts the pedal to the metal & never let's up once. The story moves at lightening speed & will blast you right out of your seat. The Big Shot marked the last time Humphrey Bogart would appear as a gangster, he would not play a gangster for another 13 years until he appeared in a television production revival of "The Petrified Forest" recreating his famous Duke Mantee character. Bogart returned to the movies bringing Duke Mantee with him as escaped convict Glenn Griffin in the William Wyler directed suspense thriller The Desperate Hours in 1955. The Big Shot is essential viewing for fans of old gangster movies & for Bogart fans as well, I like both. So get your tommy guns & tear gas out & enjoy this shoot em up farewell send off to an exciting genre!


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