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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 »


Certificate:

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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 Biography: Humphrey Bogart (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Georgia Brown
(uncredited)
Music by Maceo Pinkard and Ben Bernie
Played during Dancer's stage act
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Better than Expected with Great Stunts
24 September 2007 | by tlswan2See all my reviews

This movie is very similar to Bogie's first movie "Up the River." Having seen all but three of his movies I was not expecting very much and chose to watch it only because it was one I had never seen before. I was pleasantly surprised by the acting. But, the location shoots and especially the stunt work was extremely well done for the time. The first car crash was very different than those of most movies that are over 65 years old, showing a car crashing through other cars and then flying off of a ramp and rotating through the air before it exploded into flames. The location shots taken in the snow covered high mountain country provide glimpses of vintage life in rural America of 1940. And the ending car chase and motorcycle stunts were very impressive for stunt men without the safety equipment that is now used. Even the dance scenes that "Dancer" was in were also enjoyable and revealed some of the dancing style of vaudeville. All in all the movie was entertaining and worth seeing, especially if you are a fan of Bogart and early stunt work.


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