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The Big Clock

USA 1948. Dir: John Farrow. 95 min. 35mm

35mm PRINT! ► Hollywood veteran John Farrow (husband of Maureen O'Sullivan and father of Mia Farrow) directs a slick, suspenseful noir thriller propelled by head-spinning plot twists and centring on a big frame-up. Ray Milland is George, a crime journalist with a troubled marriage (O’Sullivan plays his wife) and a tyrannical publishing-tycoon boss (Charles Laughton). Neglecting his matrimonial obligations in order to investigate the murder of a young woman, George soon makes a shocking discovery: all clues point to George himself as the prime suspect in the case! The film’s title refers to its central set-piece, a mammoth corporate clock ticking off George’s frantic race against time. Elsa Lanchester has a memorable supporting role as an eccentric artist. 1987’s No Way Out, with Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman, was a remake.


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“A dandy clue-chaser of the modern chromium-plated type, but it is also an entertainment which requires close attention from the start.”

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