The Big Clock

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Anticipating a much-needed vacation from Earl Janoth (Charles Laughton), his abusive boss, magazine editor George Stroud (Ray Milland) finally reaches a breaking point when Janoth insists he skip his honeymoon and go out of town on assignment. Stroud resigns and finds solace over multiple drinks with his boss' unhappy mistress, Pauline York (Rita Johnson), at a local bar. Together they come up with a half-inebriated plot to embarrass Janoth -- but the plan takes an unexpected turn toward murder.

Cast & Crew

Ray Milland
George Stroud
Maureen O'Sullivan
Georgette Stroud
Rita Johnson
Pauline York
Elsa Lanchester
Louise Patterson
Harold Vermilyea
Don Klausmeyer
Dan Tobin
Ray Cordette
Harry Morgan
Bill Womack
Richard Webb
Nat Sperling
Kenneth Fearing
Writer (Novel)
Jonathan Latimer
Writer (Screenplay)
Victor Young
Original Music
Daniel L. Fapp
Cinematographer
John F. Seitz
Cinematographer
LeRoy Stone
Film Editor
Roland Anderson
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Critic Reviews for The Big Clock

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Audience Reviews for The Big Clock

  • Feb 24, 2016
    Kind of a racy noir entree wherein the our hero not only is the suspected murderer, but also the detective ordered to hunt down ... himself. What's racy is the sexual depravity that drives the action, and that many of the characters are cast as the sexually depraved stereotype that they embody in popular myth, like Laughton as a closeted homosexual, or Elsa Lanchester as a ditzy slut. Poor ol' Ray Milliand is just a regular Joe trynta escape the clutches of all these wack job deviants. Some fun in the night.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2011
    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.
    Anastasia B Super Reviewer
  • May 03, 2010
    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 n Super Reviewer
  • May 04, 2009
    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 D Super Reviewer

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