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Ace in the Hole
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Director:
Writers:
Billy Wilder (written by) &
Lesser Samuels (written by) ...
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Release Date:
29 June 1951 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Rough, tough Chuck Tatum, who battered his way to the top ... trampling everything in his path - men, women and morals !
Plot:
A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to re-jump start his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A brilliant movie that lingers in the mind See more (140 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kirk Douglas ... Chuck Tatum

Jan Sterling ... Lorraine Minosa
Robert Arthur ... Herbie Cook (as Bob Arthur)
Porter Hall ... Jacob Q. Boot

Frank Cady ... Al Federber
Richard Benedict ... Leo Minosa

Ray Teal ... Sheriff Gus Kretzer
Lewis Martin ... McCardle
John Berkes ... Papa Minosa
Frances Dominguez ... Mama Minosa
Gene Evans ... Deputy Sheriff
Frank Jaquet ... Sam Smollett
Harry Harvey ... Dr. Hilton
Bob Bumpas ... Radio Announcer
Geraldine Hall ... Nellie Federber
Richard Gaines ... Nagel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roy Regnier ... Nagel - New York Editor (replaced by Richard Gaines) (scenes deleted)
Oscar Belinda ... Barker (uncredited)
Martin Bendleton ... Barker (uncredited)

Timothy Carey ... Construction Worker (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Basil Chester ... Indian (uncredited)
Ken Christy ... Jessop (uncredited)
Stewart Kirk Clawson ... Federber Boy (uncredited)

Iron Eyes Cody ... Indian Copy Boy (uncredited)
Francisco Day ... Photographer (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Father Diego (uncredited)
Claire Du Brey ... Spinster (uncredited)
Edith Evanson ... Miss Deverich (uncredited)
William Fawcett ... Sad-Faced Man (uncredited)
John Stuart Fulton ... Boy (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Charles Griffin ... Mr. Wendel (uncredited)
Larry Hogan ... Television Announcer (uncredited)
Frank Keith ... Fireman (uncredited)
Bob Kortman ... Digger (uncredited)
Martha Maryman ... Woman (uncredited)
Stanley McKay ... Reporter (uncredited)
Joe J. Merrill ... Digger (uncredited)
Paul D. Merrill ... Federber Boy (uncredited)
Lee Miller ... Mover (uncredited)
Ralph Moody ... Kusac - Miner (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Josh Morgan (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Customer at Minosa's (uncredited)
Frank Andrew Parker ... Reporter (uncredited)
Martin Pendleton ... Barker (uncredited)
William N. Peters ... Photographer (uncredited)
Jack Roberts ... Newspaperman (uncredited)
Bill Sheehan ... Man (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Reporter (uncredited)
John 'Bub' Sweeney ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Billy Wilder 
 
Writing credits
Billy Wilder (written by) &
Lesser Samuels (written by) &
Walter Newman (written by)

Victor Desny  story (uncredited)

Produced by
William Schorr .... associate producer
Billy Wilder .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hugo Friedhofer 
 
Cinematography by
Charles Lang  (as Charles B. Lang Jr.)
 
Film Editing by
Arthur P. Schmidt  (as Arthur Schmidt)
 
Casting by
Bert McKay (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
A. Earl Hedrick  (as Earl Hedrick)
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Ray Moyer 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Hal Lierley .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Richard Blaydon .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Hugh Brown .... production manager (uncredited)
Don Robb .... assistant unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (as C.C. Coleman)
Francisco Day .... assistant director (uncredited)
Al Mann .... assistant director (uncredited)
Jason Rosenberger .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Maurice Goodman .... set dresser (uncredited)
Cline Jones .... prop maker (uncredited)
Martin Pendleton .... set dresser (uncredited)
Tom Plews .... props (uncredited)
Harold Worthington .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gene Garvin .... sound recordist
Harold Lewis .... sound recordist
Bob Carr .... sound (uncredited)
A.D. Cook .... cableman (uncredited)
John Cope .... sound (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Irmin Roberts .... transparency camera (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy Bennett .... camera operator (uncredited)
Frank Carroll .... grip (uncredited)
William Collins .... grip (uncredited)
Don English .... still photographer (uncredited)
Cliff Hartley .... grip (uncredited)
Al Lipsey .... grip (uncredited)
Kenneth Meade .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jess Miller .... electrician (uncredited)
William Rand .... camera operator (uncredited)
Dominic Seminerio .... grip (uncredited)
George Sherman .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
William Poole .... location casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ed Fitzharris .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Hazel Hegarty .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Doane Harrison .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Van Cleave .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Francis J. Abdo .... medical technical advisor (uncredited)
Henry Giles .... technical advisor: teletype (uncredited)
Lupe Hall .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Harry Hogan .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Sally Hunt .... technical advisor: teletype (uncredited)
Irene Martin .... stand-in (uncredited)
Kenny Miner .... auditor (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Big Carnival" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
111 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
The second Billy Wilder film to feature a character who works for the fictitious 'Pacific All-Risk Insurance Company'. The first being 'Double Indemnity' (1944).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Rattlesnakes will not eat bubble gum, in or out of the wrapper.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Charles Tatum:Hey. Pull up at the corner.
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Soundtrack:
We're Coming, LeoSee more »

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37 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
A brilliant movie that lingers in the mind, 27 March 2004
Author: dbtuson-1 from boston

Of the many movies I viewed in the early 50's, so many ,like now, were here today, forgotten tomorrow. However some movies that became memorable and that were able to make a dramatic impact on this young guy include, Duel in the Sun and Gone with the Wind. Strangely enough, Ace in the Hole is the most memorable of all movies viewed. It is one that invades the mind and leaves one sad.

Few films I remember as vividly as this dark movie, the images linger to haunt me still. 'Why?' one might ask 'would a sombre movie like this made over 50 years ago remain so memorable, when so many others have vanished. Was it the surreal inhumanity of the plot, the repugnant newsman devoid of ethics, the exploitation of the trapped victim, the purposeful prolonging of the victim's entrapment to create a media frenzy, the ultimate commercial creation of an 'event' style attraction complete with a circus like atmosphere surrounding the cave while the victim remained entrapped and close to death.'

Supposedly based on a real incident, it's a tough movie to watch and more so if one is prepared to accept the premise that such inhumanity displayed in the movie has an element of truth.

I echo the desires of others to have the availability of this movie on VHS or DVD. In the interim my memory will continue to keep the images intact. See it if you can.

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