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The Big Shot (1942)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joseph 'Duke' Berne
... Lorna Fleming
... George Anderson
... Ruth Carter
... Martin T. Fleming, Attorney
... Warden George Booth
... Frank 'Dancer' Smith
Joe Downing ... Frenchy (as Joseph Downing)
... Sandor
... Quinto, a Convict
... Faye
... Tim
... Prosecutor Toohey (as Joseph King)
... Judge
... Mrs. Booth
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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 BIG SHOT RETURNS! Up From The Gutter To Make Gangland Shudder! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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 »

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Joseph 'Duke' Berne: When a thing stinks, it stinks.
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Night and Day
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Music by Cole Porter
Played on the piano in the Fleming apartment
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Better than Expected with Great Stunts
24 September 2007 | by See 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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