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The Big Clock (1948)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  9 April 1948 (USA)
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A career oriented magazine editor finds himself on the run when he discovers his boss is framing him for murder.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Earl Janoth
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Steve Hagen
Rita Johnson ...
Pauline York
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Louise Patterson
Harold Vermilyea ...
Don Klausmeyer
Dan Tobin ...
Ray Cordette
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Bill Womack (as Henry Morgan)
Richard Webb ...
Nat Sperling
Elaine Riley ...
Lily Gold
Luis Van Rooten ...
Edwin Orlin
Lloyd Corrigan ...
McKinley
Frank Orth ...
Burt
Margaret Field ...
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Storyline

When powerful publishing tycoon Earl Janouth commits an act of murder at the height of passion, he cleverly begins to cover his tracks and frame an innocent man, whose identity he doesn't know, but who just happen to have contact with the murder victim. That man is a close associate on his magazine whom he enlists to trap this "killer" George Stroud. It's up to George to continue to "help" Janouth, to elude the police and to find proof of his innocence and Janouth's guilt. Written by Ron Kerrigan

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The strangest and most savage manhunt in history!


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9 April 1948 (USA)  »

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A nagy óra  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Goofs

At the magazine staff meeting right after an investigator has visited Louise Patterson and gotten the name of "the blonde woman", the shadow of the boom microphone can be seen moving on the upper left of the chalkboard frame. See more »

Quotes

Don Klausmeyer: I'm Don Klausmeyer, from Artways magazine.
Louise Patterson: Yes.
[giggles]
Louise Patterson: Oh, yes. Didn't you review my show in '41?
Don Klausmeyer: I think I did.
Louise Patterson: Oh, come in, Mr. Klausmann.
Don Klausmeyer: KlausMEYER.
Louise Patterson: [laughs gleefully] I've been planning to kill you for years.
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Referenced in L.A. Noire (2011) See more »

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The Wearin' of the Green
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Not to be confused with the Big Sleep but a film noir hit, all the same.
23 February 2001 | by (Peoria, Illinois) – See all my reviews



Come with us now to the days when magazines ruled the earth. The setting is the very headquarters of one of the mightiest publishing empires with its own evil emperor played with an involved aire by Charles Laughton. Plenty of good players in this one help liven the proceedings. Look for Harry Morgan as the sinister henchman and Elsa Lanchester, who gets in another good scream at film's end. Only it's not Frankenstein this time--but a sturdy performance by Ray Milland as the man in the middle of it all.


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