The Big Clock (1948)
This taut and intelligent film noir stars Ray Milland as George Stroud, the editor of a successful true-crime magazine published by tyrannical Earl Janoth (Charles Laughton), a demanding employer obsessed with time. After seven years, George and his long-suffering wife Georgette (Maureen O'Sullivan) are set for a well-deserved vacation, but at the last minute Janoth gives George an assignment that causes him to miss his train. Georgette leaves without him, and a furious George repairs to a bar, where he meets sexy blonde Pauline York (Rita Johnson), who (unknown to George) is Janoth's mistress. George gets roaring drunk, buys a decorative sundial, and escorts Pauline to her apartment, leaving the sundial behind; just as he's leaving, he spots Janoth making his way in. The next day, George hops a train to meet his wife and Pauline is found murdered with the sundial. After Janoth admits his guilt to a trusted employee, Steve Hagen (George MacReady), Hagan and Janoth set up a scheme to implicate George in the murder, and George must now use the investigative skills he's honed as a writer to prove his innocence. The Big Clock was remade in 1987 as No Way Out. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Big Clock
...there's no denying that the movie possesses a surprisingly contemporary vibe.
Terrific suspense ... still packs a punch.
First-rate 'noirish' thriller with comedy.
Wonderful thriller as Milland tries to prove his innocence while Laughton plots to get away with murder.
Audience Reviews for The Big Clock
Tightly made thriller, the inspiration for No Way Out with Kevin Costner, is well paced and well acted by an excellent cast. Laughton is great and Rita Johnson stands out as the mistress, she is given some wonderful lines and knows how to make them count. A worthwhile view.More
an intense thriller with ray milland and charles laughton that was remade in the 80's as the kevin costner vehicle called no way out. this is better of course. some of the dialogue is line for lineMore
Combining equal doses of drama and comedy, this entertaining piece of the crime genre is a must-see, not only for Ray Milland's star performance, but for the story's timing as well as execution. Based on Kenneth Fearing's novel, and directed by John Farrow, here is a suspenseful tale of a man racing against time, and as the proverb has it, eventually against his own boss (time=money=boss). If you loved "His Girl Friday" then this one won't disappoint you. Elsa Lanchester in the role of painter Patterson is a delight.More
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