The Big Knife
DIRECTOR: ROBERT ALDRICH
CAST: JACK PALANCE, IDA LUPINO, ROD STEIGER
BASED ON THE PLAY BY - CLIFFORD ODETS
In his typical fashion of biting any hand he damn well pleases, Aldrich adapts Clifford Odets’s stage play, a lofted middle finger to Hollywood. Aldrich brought on Jack Palance in the role of Charlie Castle (a forerunner to his Jeremy Prokosch character in Contempt), a once-principled movie star haunted by his conscience and hemmed in by handlers, gossip columnists, and studio extortionists besieging the claustrophobic living room of his Bel Air palace.