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Ace in the Hole -- 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.

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Writers:
Billy Wilder (written by) &
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Release Date:
29 June 1951 (USA) See more »
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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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Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

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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)
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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)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Iceland:L | UK:A (1951) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #14772) | USA:TV-14 (TV rating)
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Trivia:
In a 1950 memo to Billy Wilder, Kirk Douglas objected to several aspects of Chuck Tatum's monologue about missing New York City: "No pastrami! No garlic pickles! No Madison Square Garden! No Yogi Berra!", among other things. Douglas asked, "... what the hell is a Yogi Berra?". Douglas' secretary, who was amused her boss didn't know who the New York Yankee star was, told him he was a catcher.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Tatum and Boot are talking in the Minosa's back room, the amount of alcohol Tatum pours in his glass changes.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Charles Tatum:Hey. Pull up at the corner.
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Movie Connections:
References Double Indemnity (1944)See more »
Soundtrack:
We're Coming, LeoSee more »

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20 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
A Billy Wilder Movie, 26 August 2007
Author: giorgiosurbani from Italy

The excitement to finally see the only movie of Billy Wilder's greatest period I hadn't seen, verged on childishness. I love Wilder and I felt frustrated not to be able to find anywhere "Ace In The Hole" Well, all that's over now. I've seen it, in its crispy DVD release. The theme is Wilderesque, bitter sweet. Some of the lines belong, unquestionably, to the best Wilder sharp, unsentimental wit but, and unfortunately there is a big couple of buts here. Walter Newman and Lesser Samuels (his co-writers) are not Diamond or Brackett and Kirk Douglas is relentless in his on your face, loud son of a bitch. His "redemption" is literary but not cinematic. His performance starts way up high and stays there. I was longing for the laconic delivery of a Fred McMurray in "Double Indemnity" Here, one could see through his character way to easy and far too fast. Jan Sterling is lovely as the woman on the verge. Tough cookie. Delivering a couple of the best lines in the film. All in all, maybe my expectations were too high and the film deserves to be seen again. I will.

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