Thursday, September 22, 2011

Momentary Change of Pace -- "The Big Combo" (1955)

Here's a late-ish noir picture that is chock-a-block with style and brilliant cinematography. The story may not be one of the best, but it has all the right elements, from the pitiable to the horrific, and all of it is wrapped in shadows, smoke and flashing neon. Richard Conte is remarkable. The whole cast is stellar.

Well worth an hour-twenty or so.

The Big Combo
Director: Joseph H. Lewis
Audio/Visual: sound, black & white
Keywords: Cornel Wilde; noir; Richard Conte; Brian Donlevy; Jean Wallace; Robert Middleton; Lee Van Cleef; Earl Holliman; Philip Yordan

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