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A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to re-jump start his career, but the situation quickly... See more »

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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations.
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Chuck Tatum
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Lorraine Minosa
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Herbie Cook (as Bob Arthur)
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Jacob Q. Boot
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Al Federber
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Leo Minosa
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Sheriff Gus Kretzer
Lewis Martin ...
McCardle
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Papa Minosa
Frances Dominguez ...
Mama Minosa
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Deputy Sheriff
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Sam Smollett
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Dr. Hilton
Bob Bumpas ...
Radio Announcer
Geraldine Hall ...
Nellie Federber
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Nagel
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Roy Regnier ...
Nagel - New York Editor (replaced by Richard Gaines) (scenesDeleted)
Oscar Belinda ...
Barker (uncredited)
Martin Bendleton ...
Barker (uncredited)
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Construction Worker (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Basil Chester ...
Indian (uncredited)
Ken Christy ...
Jessop (uncredited)
Stewart Kirk Clawson ...
Federber Boy (uncredited)
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Indian Copy Boy (uncredited)
Francisco Day ...
Photographer (uncredited)
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Father Diego (uncredited)
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Spinster (uncredited)
Edith Evanson ...
Miss Deverich (uncredited)
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Sad-Faced Man (uncredited)
John Stuart Fulton ...
Boy (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
Charles Griffin ...
Mr. Wendel (uncredited)
Larry Hogan ...
Television Announcer (uncredited)
Frank Keith ...
Fireman (uncredited)
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Digger (uncredited)
Martha Maryman ...
Woman (uncredited)
Stanley McKay ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Joe J. Merrill ...
Digger (uncredited)
Paul D. Merrill ...
Federber Boy (uncredited)
Lee Miller ...
Mover (uncredited)
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Kusac - Miner (uncredited)
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Josh Morgan (uncredited)
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Customer at Minosa's (uncredited)
Frank Andrew Parker ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Martin Pendleton ...
Barker (uncredited)
William N. Peters ...
Photographer (uncredited)
Jack Roberts ...
Newspaperman (uncredited)
Bill Sheehan ...
Man (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
John 'Bub' Sweeney ...
Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by

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Billy Wilder

Written by

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Billy Wilder ... (written by) &
Lesser Samuels ... (written by) &
Walter Newman ... (written by)
 
Victor Desny ... (story) (uncredited)

Produced by

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William Schorr ... associate producer
Billy Wilder ... producer

Music by

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Hugo Friedhofer

Cinematography by

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Charles Lang ... (as Charles B. Lang Jr.)

Film Editing by

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Arthur P. Schmidt ... (as Arthur Schmidt)

Editorial Department

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Doane Harrison ... supervising editor

Casting By

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Bert McKay ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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A. Earl Hedrick ... (as Earl Hedrick)
Hal Pereira

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Sam Comer
Ray Moyer

Costume Design by

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Edith Head

Makeup Department

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Wally Westmore ... makeup supervisor
Hal Lierley ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Richard Blaydon ... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Hugh Brown ... production manager (uncredited)
Don Robb ... assistant unit production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Charles C. Coleman ... assistant director (as C.C. Coleman)
Francisco Day ... assistant director (uncredited)
Al Mann ... assistant director (uncredited)
Jason Rosenberger ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Maurice Goodman ... set dresser (uncredited)
Cline Jones ... prop maker (uncredited)
Martin Pendleton ... set dresser (uncredited)
Tom Plews ... props (uncredited)
Harold Worthington ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Gene Garvin ... sound recordist
Harold Lewis ... sound recordist
Bob Carr ... sound (uncredited)
A.D. Cook ... cableman (uncredited)
John Cope ... sound (uncredited)

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Farciot Edouart ... process photography
Irmin Roberts ... transparency camera (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Guy Bennett ... camera operator (uncredited)
Frank Carroll ... grip (uncredited)
William Collins ... grip (uncredited)
Don English ... still photographer (uncredited)
Cliff Hartley ... grip (uncredited)
Al Lipsey ... grip (uncredited)
Kenneth Meade ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jess Miller ... electrician (uncredited)
William Rand ... camera operator (uncredited)
Dominic Seminerio ... grip (uncredited)
George Sherman ... grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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William Poole ... location casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Ed Fitzharris ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Hazel Hegarty ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

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Sidney Cutner ... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Van Cleave ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Francis J. Abdo ... medical technical advisor (uncredited)
Henry Giles ... technical advisor: teletype (uncredited)
Lupe Hall ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Harry Hogan ... dialogue director (uncredited)
Sally Hunt ... technical advisor: teletype (uncredited)
Irene Martin ... stand-in (uncredited)
Kenny Miner ... auditor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Charles Tatum, a down-on-his-luck reporter, takes a job with a small New Mexico newspaper. The job is pretty boring until he finds a man trapped in an old Indian dwelling. He jumps at the chance to make a name for himself by taking over and prolonging the rescue effort, and feeding stories to major newspapers. He creates a national media sensation and milks it for all it is worth - until things go terribly wrong. Written by John Oswalt

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Taglines Rough, tough Chuck Tatum, who battered his way to the top ... trampling everything in his path - men, women and morals ! See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Human Interest Story (United States)
  • The Big Carnival (United States)
  • Le gouffre aux chimères (France)
  • Reporter des Satans (Germany)
  • El gran carnaval (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 111 min
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Budget $1,800,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Billy Wilder's wife Audrey Young came up with the line, "I don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons." See more »
Goofs Rattlesnakes will not eat bubble gum, in or out of the wrapper. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Billy Wilder (1986). See more »
Soundtracks The Hut-Sut Song See more »
Quotes Lorraine: I don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.
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