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The Big Knife (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 25 November 1955 (France)
Hollywood actor Charles Castle is pressured by his studio boss into a criminal cover-up to protect his valuable career.

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Connie Bliss
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Stanley Shriner Hoff
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Patty Benedict
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Nat Danziger
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Horatio 'Hank' Teagle
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Buddy Bliss
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Mickey Feeney
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Russell
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Billy Castle (as Mike Winkelman)
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Dixie Evans (as Miss Shelley Winters)
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Charles Castle is a successful Hollywood actor who has opted for screen success over art. He must make critical decisions regarding his career, his marriage, his art & morality. In this screen adaptation of a Clifford Odets play, Castle is pressured by his studio boss and manipulated into a potentially murderous cover-up to protect his career. An indictment of the amoral world of 50's Hollywood and its corrosive effect upon the artist. Written by Thomas Robbin

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The Shock Story of the Private Life of a Glamorous Hollywood Star! (original print ad) See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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25 November 1955 (France)  »

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$423,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)| (Glen Glenn Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Shelley Winters dedicated her performance to John Garfield. See more »

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The camera and operator are visibly reflected in one scene in the living room. See more »

Quotes

Smiley Coy: What do you think of women, kiddie?
Charlie Castle: Oh, there's room in the world for 'em.
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In the opening credits: Upholstered furniture by Martin/ Brattrud. See more »

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Referenced in The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968) See more »

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Slightly better than average melodrama
20 November 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

A charged, stage-bound melodrama, with Palance as a movie star in servitude to the studio boss (Steiger) who's blackmailing him. His wife (Lupino) won't agree to live with him until he's his own man again, which means not renewing his 7 year contract.

Palance does his best, but he's not the kind of actor who can show a character going through real transitions and hold the audience's attention for an entire film. Steiger is allowed to go over the top a few too many times, but Corey provides some of the film's best moments as his more ruthless, and at the same time gentlemanly, henchman. Sloane provides an unusual characterization as a somewhat sissified agent.

Ultimately, too cramped in its one room location (which may have been done deliberately to show the character's isolation from the world, but still produced a stagey effect that bind the film too tightly).


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