The Big Bluff (1955)

The Big Bluff (1955)

The Big Bluff





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W. Lee Wilder, the prolific but markedly less talented brother of Billy Wilder, both produced and directed The Big Bluff. Handsome but unscrupulous John Bromfield comes into the life of beautiful and wealthy Martha Vickers. Knowing that she has only a year to live, Bromfield marries her, then settles back to wait for his inheritence. But then she begins showing signs of recovery, forcing the caddish Bromfield to radically alter his plans. The Big Bluff was scripted by Fred Freiberger, who later … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
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Written By: Fred Freiberger
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On DVD: Jul 7, 2009
United Artists

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as Ricardo De Villa

as Valerie Bancroft

as Dr. Peter Kirk

as Fritzie Darvel

as Marsha Jordan

as Fullmer

as Don Darvel

as Dr. Harrison

as Winthrop

as Art Dealer
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This is an effective noirish suspense drama. The acting, direction, and cinematography are typical of 1950s low-budget productions but there are plenty of good scenes. After a slow start, the plot evolves into a modern morality tale where a scheming villain gets his payback. The print is inferior but the soundtrack is satisfactory.
John Bromfield delivers a convincing performance as an unscrupulous gold-digging gigolo who seduces and marries a wealthy widow (Martha Vickers) who is seriously ill with only a few months to live. Much to his dismay, the marriage works wonders for her health and she improves so much that he is forced to hatch a diabolically clever plan to murder her.
Of course, things quickly go wrong and lead to a terrific plot twist and surprise ending. Not classic noir, but a decent little movie with redeeming features. 3 Stars 8-13-13

Bruce Bruce

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