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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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Ricardo De Villa
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Valerie Bancroft
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Dr. Peter Kirk
Rosemarie Stack ...
Fritzie Darvel (as Rosemarie Bowe)
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Marsha Jordan
Max Palmer ...
Fullmer
Eddie Bee ...
Don Darvel
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Dr. Harrison
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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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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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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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Suspense Drama Packs a Punch
29 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an effective noirish suspense drama. The acting, direction, and cinematography are typical of 1950s low-budget productions but there are plenty of good scenes. After a slow start, the plot evolves into a modern morality tale where a scheming villain gets his payback. The print is inferior (Classic Film Noir, Volume 2) but the soundtrack is satisfactory.

John Bromfield delivers a convincing performance as an unscrupulous gold-digging gigolo who seduces and marries a wealthy widow (Martha Vickers) who is seriously ill with only a few months to live. Much to his dismay, the marriage works wonders for her health and she improves so much that he is forced to hatch a diabolically clever plan to murder her.

Of course, things quickly go wrong and lead to a terrific plot twist and surprise ending. Not classic noir, but a decent little movie with redeeming features.


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