THE BIG COMBO (1955 U.S.) D: JOSEPH H. LEWIS W: PHILIP YORDAN P: SIDNEY HARMON
This amazing fim noir classic is from the director of GUN CRAZY, but is even better. Cornel Wilde is the cop trying to get his ex-wife (Jean Wallace) back from mobster Richard Conte, and break up his racket. John Alton's b/w photography is superb and there's lots of nasty violence (for the time). Brian Donlevy's demise is a highlight. Lee Van Cleef is a homosexual thug. With John Hoyt, Whit Bissell, Earl Holliman, Ted De Corsia, Roy Gordon, Michael Mark and Philip Van Zandt. Wilde and Wallace were married in real-life. Would make an unforgettable '55 noir double-bill with KISS ME DEADLY.

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