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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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John Ridgely ...
Tim
Joe King ...
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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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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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Sweet Georgia Brown
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Music by Maceo Pinkard and Ben Bernie
Played during Dancer's stage act
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Warner, Bogart, Gangster
26 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Big Shot, The (1942)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

B-grade gangster film from Warner features Humphrey Bogart as a three-time hood who gets out of prison and tries to go straight because one more mess up will get him life in prison. After not being able to make a straight living he sets up a heist for a crooked attorney but gets double crossed. Once back in prison Bogart must find a way to escape and get revenge. This really isn't anything we haven't seen in countless other prison/gangster films from Warner but as usual Bogart makes it worth watching. He plays the tough guy perfectly and his image as a tough guy can never be questioned. He even gets a few funny moments including one segment where he's on the hideout in the deep woods and can't get use to cutting wood for a fire. The supporting cast includes Richard Travis, Susan Peters and Irene Manning as Bogie's love interest. Manning isn't too good in her role and it probably would have been better with a stronger actress here but either way, if you're a fan of Bogart then this is worth checking out. It's also worth noting that there's a scene in the prison where Bogart is pitching a baseball, which is filmed pretty much shot for shot like a scene in The Shawshank Redemption.


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