The Big Clock

Film, Thrillers
5 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
The Big Clock
Excellent noir thriller in which crime-journalist Milland, innocently involved with a girl subsequently murdered by his megalomaniac boss Laughton, is then commissioned by Laughton to find the culprit. When he himself becomes the framed suspect, the trap seems closed... With strong performances (especially Laughton as the gross, sexually insecure tycoon, confident in his ability to control the law through his wealth and status), the film also delights through Farrow's evocative direction: the newspaper conglomerate's enormous clock indicating not only the race against time but also the inhumanly inflexible world in which the action takes place; the phallic ornament with which the impotent murderer kills his mocking mistress; and John Seitz's marvellous high contrast photography, portraying a world of isolation in which nothing is as it seems. The source novel by Kenneth Fearing was remade, much altered, as No Way Out (1986).

By: GA

Release details

95 mins

Cast and crew

John Farrow
Jonathan Latimer
Maureen O'Sullivan
George Macready
Ray Milland
Rita Johnson
Elsa Lanchester
Charles Laughton

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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I just finally watched it for the first time and overall felt is was a great movie. The performances by Ray Milland and Charles Laughton were excellent. The scene stealing Elsa Lancaster brings a touch of whimsy to one of the earliest examples of film noir. It is a tense and exciting moving and I laughed out loud as Miss Lancaster cries out the final line of the movie. A  scintillating must see for movie fans of this era!