The Big Combo

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Time Out says

Terrific gangster movie, although - despite the syndicate shenanigans promised by the title - it's more of a film noir focusing on the private, obsessional duel between Wilde's cop and Conte's gangster, each variously haunted by a woman and virtually becoming the other's alter ego during the course of their deadly vendetta. A film structured by viciousness and pain (amplified by two peculiarly hideous torture scenes involving a hearing aid), it's a dark night of several souls perfectly visualised in John Alton's extraordinary camerawork. Even better than Lewis' earlier - and remarkable - Gun Crazy.
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Release details

UK release:

1955

Duration:

89 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Joseph H Lewis

Cast:

Earl Holliman, Lee Van Cleef, Brian Donlevy, Jean Wallace, Richard Conte, Cornel Wilde, Robert Middleton

Music:

David Raksin

Production Designer:

Rudi Feld

Editor:

Robert S Eisen

Cinematography:

John Alton

Screenwriter:

Philip Yordan

Producer:

Sidney Harmon

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