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The Big Knife (8-Nov-1955)

Director: Robert Aldrich

Writer: James Poe

From a play: The Big Knife by Clifford Odets

Music Composed and Conducted by: Frank De Vol

Producer: Robert Aldrich

Keywords: Drama, Hollywood, Film Noir

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Wesley Addy
4-Aug-1913 31-Dec-1996 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Ilka Chase
8-Apr-1900 15-Feb-1978 Now, Voyager
Wendell Corey
20-Mar-1914 8-Nov-1968 Desert Fury
Jean Hagen
3-Aug-1923 29-Aug-1977 Singin' in the Rain
Ida Lupino
4-Feb-1918 3-Aug-1995 The Man I Love
Jack Palance
18-Feb-1919 10-Nov-2006 Performed one-handed push-ups
Everett Sloane
1-Oct-1909 6-Aug-1965 Patterns
Rod Steiger
14-Apr-1925 9-Jul-2002 In The Heat of the Night
Shelley Winters
18-Aug-1920 14-Jan-2006 Method actress and camp queen


Jack Palance   ...   Charlie Castle
Ida Lupino   ...   Marion Castle
Wendell Corey   ...   Smiley Coy
Jean Hagen   ...   Connie Bliss
Rod Steiger   ...   Stanley Hoff
Ilka Chase   ...   Patty Benedict
Everett Sloane   ...   Nat Danziger
Wesley Addy   ...   Hank Teagle
Paul Langton   ...   Buddy Bliss
Nick Dennis   ...   Mickey Feeney
Bill Walker   ...   Russell
Mike Winkelman   ...   Billy Castle
Shelley Winters   ...   Dixie Evans


Review by Laurent Ruisseaux (posted on 17-Jun-2007)

Jack Palance's layered, nuanced performance should have won him an Oscar. Rod Steiger was the quintessence of evil; he made my stomach churn and my skin crawl. Ida Lupino was totally believable as the long-suffering wife who had finally had enough of playing second fiddle to her husband's acting career and his infidelity. Shelley Winter's agonizing portrayal of the used, abused, and refused Hollywood tramp nearly brought me to tears. Her character's hatred of film producers and the studio system drew sympathy for her reckless, destructive behavior. This film is a classic sleeper, one of the best of the film noir genre.

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