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The Big Bluff (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 5 June 1955 (USA)
When a scheming fortune hunter finds his rich wife is not going to die as expected, he and his lover make other plans to get her millions.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ricardo De Villa
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Valerie Bancroft
Robert Hutton ...
Dr. Peter Kirk
Rosemarie Stack ...
Fritzie Darvel (as Rosemarie Bowe)
Eve Miller ...
Marsha Jordan
Max Palmer ...
Fullmer
Eddie Bee ...
Don Darvel
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Dr. Harrison
Pierre Watkin ...
Winthrop
Beal Wong ...
Art Dealer
Rusty Wescoatt ...
Frank
Mitchell Kowall ...
Coroner
Jack Daly ...
Master of Ceremonies
Paul McGuire ...
Butler
George Conrad ...
Bell Boy
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Storyline

When scheming fortune hunter and erstwhile Latin lover Ricardo De Villa learns that a wealthy but sickly widow has terminal heart disease, he seduces and marries the vulnerable millionairess. Playing the part of a faithful and doting husband, he carries on a torrid affair with sexy exotic dancer Fritzi Darvel while avoiding the suspicious eyes of her jealous bongo-playing husband. When his wife's condition seems to go into remission, the impatient De Villa decides on action that will hasten her seemingly inevitable death. Written by duke1029

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Worthy Deceivers  »

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1.37 : 1
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Fritzi Darvel: Oh, so that's it! I had an idea you were playing up to that dame!
[She slaps him hard]
Fritzi Darvel: You two-timing, no good... And on top of it, you don't even try to hide it! Carrying on an affair with another woman right under my nose! Why, you're not going to do it, and what's more, I think you're a phony! And I was ready to leave my husband! For what? For a big bluff like you!
[She succumbs to his persistant, passionate kiss]
Ricardo 'Rick' De Villa: You know you're very beautiful when you get mad! But listen, no other woman ...
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Good, Little-known Noir
14 July 2007 | by (Georgia, USA) – See all my reviews

The only other comment on this film lists a litany of reasons why not to watch it, generally because of unfavorable but irrelevant comparisons to Billy Wilder, the director's brother.

I will give you a reason to watch it; it is effective. John Bromfield makes an effective gigolo and Martha Vickers, while not the most charismatic actress known, does a good job as the object of his affections.

Watch this without taking a lot of baggage in with you and you will be satisfied. It has a nice twist at the end that you may guess, but probably not.


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