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The Big Shot (1942)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 13 June 1942 (USA)
Fearing life in prison for a third offense, convict Duke Berne pulls out of an armored car robbery, planned by his crooked lawyer, but he is framed for the robbery anyway.

Director:

Lewis Seiler

Writers:

Bertram Millhauser (original screenplay), Abem Finkel (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Humphrey Bogart ... Joseph 'Duke' Berne
Irene Manning ... Lorna Fleming
Richard Travis ... George Anderson
Susan Peters ... Ruth Carter
Stanley Ridges ... Martin T. Fleming, Attorney
Minor Watson ... Warden George Booth
Chick Chandler ... Frank 'Dancer' Smith
Joe Downing Joe Downing ... Frenchy (as Joseph Downing)
Howard Da Silva ... Sandor
Murray Alper ... Quinto, a Convict
Roland Drew ... Faye
John Ridgely ... Tim
Joe King ... Prosecutor Toohey (as Joseph King)
John Hamilton ... Judge
Virginia Brissac ... Mrs. Booth
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Storyline

Three time loser Duke Berne risks life in prison with one more armored car robbery. His attorney's wife Lorna, Berne's old sweetheart, keeps him from it but he goes to jail anyway. Duke and Lorna get some time together again after he stages a prison break, but if he stays with her his old friend George will have to take the rap for killing one of the guards. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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THE SAGA OF THE RISE AND FALL OF A GANG LORD AND HIS LADY! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der große Gangster See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

During the exciting chase on snow and icy road towards the end, we see the pursuing police on motorbikes through the rear window of Duke's car, shooting bullets through the glass. However, during a quick series of exterior and interior cuts, the motorbikes disappear and then quickly reappear on one occasion. See more »

Quotes

Joseph 'Duke' Berne: When a thing stinks, it stinks.
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Connections

Referenced in Simple Simon (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Night and Day
(uncredited)
Music by Cole Porter
Played on the piano in the Fleming apartment
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Warner, Bogart, Gangster
26 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Big Shot, The (1942)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

B-grade gangster film from Warner features Humphrey Bogart as a three-time hood who gets out of prison and tries to go straight because one more mess up will get him life in prison. After not being able to make a straight living he sets up a heist for a crooked attorney but gets double crossed. Once back in prison Bogart must find a way to escape and get revenge. This really isn't anything we haven't seen in countless other prison/gangster films from Warner but as usual Bogart makes it worth watching. He plays the tough guy perfectly and his image as a tough guy can never be questioned. He even gets a few funny moments including one segment where he's on the hideout in the deep woods and can't get use to cutting wood for a fire. The supporting cast includes Richard Travis, Susan Peters and Irene Manning as Bogie's love interest. Manning isn't too good in her role and it probably would have been better with a stronger actress here but either way, if you're a fan of Bogart then this is worth checking out. It's also worth noting that there's a scene in the prison where Bogart is pitching a baseball, which is filmed pretty much shot for shot like a scene in The Shawshank Redemption.


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