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The Big Clock (1948)

The Big Clock (1948)

The Big Clock




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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
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Jonathan Latimer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 6, 2004
Paramount Pictures


Charles Laughton
as Earl Janoth
Ray Milland
as George Stroud
Maureen O'Sullivan
as Georgette Stroud
George Macready
as Steve Hagen
Rita Johnson
as Pauline York
Elsa Lanchester
as Louise Patterson
Harold Vermilyea
as Don Klausmeyer
Dan Tobin
as Ray Cordette
Harry Morgan
as Bill Womack
Richard Webb
as Nat Sperling
Tad Van Brunt
as Tony Watson
Elaine Riley
as Lily Gold
Luis Van Rooten
as Edwin Orlin
Margaret Field
as Secretary
Philip Van Zandt
as Sidney Kislav
Henri Letondal
as Antique Dealer
Douglas Spencer
as Bert Finch
Frank Orth
as Burt the Bartender
Bobby Watson
as Milton Spaulding
Frances Morris
as Grace Adams
B.G. Norman
as George Jr.
James Burke
as Building Cop
Ernö Verebes
as Bartender
Noel Neill
as Elevator Operator
Edna Holland
as Staff Member
Bess Flowers
as Stylist in Conferenc...
Lucille Barkley
as Hatcheck Girl
Harland Tucker
as Seymour Roberts
Henry Guttman
as Man at Van Barth's
Len Hendry
as Bill Morgan
Bea Allen
as Elevator Operator
Mary Currier
as Ivy Temple
Robert Coleman
as Messenger
Jerry James
as Man with Fish
Julia Faye
as Secretary
Pepito Pérez
as Headwaiter at Van Ba...
Barry Norton
as Man at Van Barth's
Ruth Roman
as Bit Part
Henry Morgan
as Bill Womack
Gordon Richards
as Warren Parks
Joey Ray
as Joe Talbot
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Critic Reviews for The Big Clock

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

...there's no denying that the movie possesses a surprisingly contemporary vibe.

Full Review… | January 10, 2007
Reel Film Reviews

Terrific suspense ... still packs a punch.

July 22, 2005
Las Vegas Review-Journal

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.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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 line

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

A nerve-wracking noir classic you've probably never heard of.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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