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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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Charles Castle
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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
Bill Walker ...
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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$423,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)| (Glen Glenn Sound Recording)

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Trivia

The painting prominently displayed is 'The Pierrot' (1920) by Georges Rouault (1871-1958) now on display at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. See more »

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

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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 What's My Line?: Episode dated 27 November 1955 (1955) See more »

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Tremendously powerful movie
24 July 1999 | by (the lower depths) – See all my reviews

Jack Palance gives an amazing performance here in a part that so many other actors must have been dying to play. You can picture a lot of actors of the time - Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Marlon Brando - as Charlie Castle, but I can't picture anyone as good as Palance. It's a riveting movie from start top finish with one great line after another. Almost Shakespearean in breadth, depth & power.


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