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The Big Combo (1955)

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A police lt. is ordered to stop investigating deadly crime boss Mr. Brown, because he hasn't been able to get any hard evidence against him. He then goes after Brown's girlfriend who despises him, for information instead.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Police Lt. Leonard Diamond
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Joe McClure
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Susan Lowell
Robert Middleton ...
Police Capt. Peterson
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Fante
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Mingo
Helen Walker ...
Alicia Brown
Jay Adler ...
Detective Sam Hill
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Nils Dreyer
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Ralph Bettini
Helene Stanton ...
Rita
Roy Gordon ...
Audubon
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Doctor (scenes deleted) (as Whit Bissel)
Steve Mitchell ...
Bennie Smith - Boxer
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Storyline

Police Lt. Diamond is told to close his surveillance of suspected mob boss Mr. Brown because it's costing the department too much money with no results. Diamond makes one last attempt to uncover evidence against Brown by going to Brown's girlfriend, Susan Lowell. Written by Norman L Cook <cook@ssdgwy.mdc.com>

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13 February 1955 (USA)  »

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Trivia

In what is arguably this film's most memorable scene, the weapon with which Richard Conte's character so effectively bludgeons Cornel Wilde's protagonist (albeit unbearably - and unforgettably - hearing-aid-enhanced), is the uncredited, offscreen contribution of the then hugely popular L.A.-based jazz ensemble, Shorty Rogers and His Giants; and in particular, the excellent but - in this case - literally deafening drum solo of Shelly Manne. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Susan is having a drink in her apartment, there are shadows of plant leaves on a door in the background. However when Mr Brown comes in via another door, these shadows have vanished in the ensuing shots. See more »

Quotes

Mingo: [Upon being offered a sandwich by Fante] I couldn't swallow any more salami.
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First-rate film noir
1 January 2004 | by (Glendale, CA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the finest of film noirs, unjustly forgotten. John Alton's black-and-white cinematography is brilliant, smoothly playing with light and darkness while dazzling our eyes. This might be Joseph Lewis' best film (it's a hard choice) and the cast is amazing. Fun to see Lee Van Cleef and Earl Holliman play (probably) gay hit men; Brian Donlevy in an unusual supporting role provides heft; Richard Conte is a great, great villain. And Jean Wallace is luminous in the femme-fatale-turned-good role. Catch it if you can.


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