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The Big Clock

The Big Clock

The Big Clock

1948 / 95min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: JOHN FARROW

CAST: RAY MILLAND, CHARLES LAUGHTON, MAUREEN O'SULLIVAN, GEORGE MACREADY, ELSA LANCHESTER

SCREENPLAY - JONATHAN LATIMER
MUSIC - VICTOR YOUNG
PRODUCER - RICHARD MAIBAUM
CINEMATOGRAPHY - JOHN F. SEITZ AND DANIEL L.FAPP
COSTUME DESIGN - EDITH HEAD
MAKEUP - WALLY WESTMORE

Charles Laughton is at his sinister best in this New York–set forties noir about a crime reporter (Ray Milland) hired by his newspaper tycoon boss (Laughton) to investigate a murder. Deliciously cynical and evocatively shot in high-contrast black-and-white by John Seitz (Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard), The Big Clock is one of the best-plotted thrillers of its era—which is saying a lot. The oft overlooked Farrow, a favorite of critic Elliott Stein, is due for reconsideration. We promise to find a reason to screen Alias Nick Beal and The Hitler Gang sometime soon.

Played March 26, 2016