The Big Clock

The Big Clock

DVD - 2004
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A hotshot crime magazine editor inadvertently becomes the subject of a murder investigation after spending an evening with his boss' mistress
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, c2004
ISBN: 9781417011629
1417011629
Branch Call Number: DVD Big
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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LibraryUser53
Mar 12, 2015

A most excellent surprise. The film's poorly chosen title "The Big Clock" makes it sound like it is a story geared for kindergarten age children. But no, this DVD is late 1940's film-noir adult fair from beginning to end. The protagonist works as a magazine managing editor. His boss owns a huge publishing conglomerate and values his organization's efficiency highly, and toward that end monitors his employee's use of time precisely, hence the title. There are a few holes in the plot that the viewer just has to ignore in order to fully enjoy the film. Otherwise, this is an excellent and well done mystery film, challenging late 1940's American social mores and a precursor to the information age. Recommended.

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garycornell
Aug 04, 2014

Oh boy, do we have buried film treasure with "The Big Clock". KCLS has 3 copies and none are checked out. The current reviews are generally good to great, so why neglect such a great crime mystery film? Have you all seen this film? If you missed it your in for a really good night at the movies. The Big Clock is considered one of the best films called "film noir". Now I am not a film student, but I know when I see a great movie. This is probably Ray Milland's is one of his best movies and he is supported by Charles Laughton and Elsa Lancaster. The movie keeps you on the edge of your seat as Ray Milland tries to prove his innocence. "The Big Clock" is a movie that you think about for days after. Wow, what a movie!!! All the stars and supporting cast are great. Please give this movie a chance and I think you will be well rewarded. Thanks for reading the above. As always, love to hear your reaction to the movie!

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AQUILEA777
Jun 17, 2014

On first viewing, strained plot is clever and engaging. Subsequent viewing a little tedious when outcome is known.

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Monolith
Nov 11, 2012

I loved it. I thought it was a fun cat and mouse noir. And I've liked Milland since I saw "Lost Weekend" years ago for the first time. Laughton (with that anchovy on his lip) was perfectly cast as the obnoxious magazine publisher. Harry Morgan cracked me up as his hired troglodyte. And cackling Elsa Lanchester was hilarious. I really enjoyed it. FIVE STARS.

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nontechmom
Oct 07, 2011

Enjoyed this movie upon which the Kevin Costner movie "No Way Out" is based. This version seems to take itself a little less seriously.

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Monolith
Nov 11, 2012

Don Klausmeyer (entering Louise Patterson's apartment): "Are all these YOUR little ones, Miss Patterson?" Louise Patterson: "More or less -- that one's Ralph's, my first husband." Don Klausmeyer: "Ralph?" Louise Patterson: "Drank himself to death. That one's Frederick's, lost at sea... I had a third husband... He, uh, oh, ha, ha... And the twins are Mike's..." Don Klausmeyer: "Your present husband?" Louise Patterson: "Would be, if I could find him..."

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