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  • Actors: Ray Milland, Maureen O'Sullivan, Charles Laughton, George Macready, Rita Johnson
  • Directors: John Farrow
  • Writers: Harold Goldman, Jonathan Latimer, Kenneth Fearing
  • Producers: Richard Maibaum
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: July 6 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00023P4FQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,711 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Roberts on July 18 2001
Format: VHS Tape
It is a real pleasure to rediscover obscure films from years ago which are still of interest today and "The Big Clock" (made in 1948) falls into this category and is well worth seeing again. At the start of this compelling thriller we find Ray Milland hiding in the "Big Clock" of the title wondering to himself how he ever got involved in murder and deception when he is just a hard working married man devoted to his family and career and completely innocent of any crime. As was usual in forties films at that time we now go into a lengthy flashback which explains everything. Ray Milland plays George Stroud who is the crime editor for "Crimeways Magazine" which specialises in solving real life crimes. Charles Laughton is Earl Janoth, head of the Janoth publishing empire which produces many successful magazines including "Crimeways". George accidentally meets up with Pauline York (Rita Johnson) in a bar unaware that she knows Janoth and is in fact his mistress - George spends the evening with her and goes back to her apartment. Unfortunately he is seen with the girl in several places quite publicly so when she is later found dead in her apartment Stroud finds himself falling under suspicion. Janoth forces Stroud to investigate the case but his personal involvement with the girl means that many witnesses can identify him as being with her on the night she was murdered. He has to use all his investigative skills to keep himself in the clear and track down the real murderer. Wife Georgette Stroud (Maureen O'Sullivan) is not very sympathetic as she is anxious to take the family on holiday (and plans to do so with or without George). Elsa Lanchester has a very good cameo role as Louise Patterson, an eccentric artist who plays a significant part in the unfolding drama.Read more ›
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Format: VHS Tape
A disjointed, lesser noir flick, featuring Charles Laughton as an all-powerful publishing magnate who seeks to pin a murder he committed onto one of his trusted employees. Ray Milland plays the clever editor slated to take the fall; the film flounders as Milland makes dumb mistake after dumb mistake: getting drunk with his boss' mistress, lying to his wife about his whereabouts and generally blundering about making things worse. The growing pile of evidence against him is meant to ratchet up the suspense, but there direction and script are both so poor that the story seems preposerous and never picks up speed. Laughton's performance is adequate, Milland is a bit irritating. Elsa Lanchester has a supporting role as a kooky modern artist, and a young Henry Morgan (later known as Colonel Potter on TV's "MASH") plays a silent hired thug. Skippable.
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Format: DVD
Paramount Pictures presents "THE BIG CLOCK" (9 April 1948) (95 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- A woman has been murdered, and a witness has a description of a suspect leaving her apartment --- A magazine editor (Ray Milland) knows that he is the man that the witness saw - but he's innocent, and he must investigate the crime and pretend to search for the suspect --- He only has an hour to nail his boss, the real killer (Charles Laughton), before being identified himself --- Maureen O'Sullivan (Mrs. Farrow) helps him out, George Macready is Laughton's evil sidekick, and Elsa Lanchester turns up in a brief, but funny and marvelous bit part.

Milland's performance is great as he runs the spectrum of behavior from a sort of affable cockiness in the beginning, to severe anxiety as the suspense builds --- Charles Laughton is simply amazing as always --- His Janoth character is a detestable autocrat, yet his rakish behavior coupled with a vermouth dry sense of humor makes him the core delight of the film.

Under the production staff of:
John Farrow [Director]
Jonathan Latimer [Screenplay]
Kenneth Fearing [Novel]
Richard Maibaum [Producer]
Victor Young [Original Music]
Daniel L. Fapp [Cinematographer]
John F. Seitz [Director of Photography)
LeRoy Stone [Film Editor]
Roland Anderson [Art Director]
Hans Dreier [Art Director]
Albert Nozaki [Art Director]

BIOS:
1. John Farrow [aka: John N.B. Villiers-Farrow] [Director]
Date of Birth: 10 February 1904 - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 28 January 1963 - Beverly Hills, California

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By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 2 2006
Format: DVD
Happily married or would be if he was not a workaholic George Stroud (Ray Milland) works for a crime magazine publishing company. The megalomaniac owner and ironfisted controller of the magazine is Earl Janoth (Earl Janoth). Earl's mistress Pauline York (Rita Johnson) insults him one too many times and in a fit he dispatches her. Now who can he pin the dirty deed on? Sure the uppity George Stroud. To make matters worse it seems that Stroud, who tells his wife (Maureen O'Sullivan) he was working late, was actually seen as the unnamed man by several witnesses in the presence of Pauline.

Looks like it is curtains for Stroud. He just keeps getting in deeper and deeper. Time is getting scarcer as we watch "The Big Clock". I see no way out. Do You?

This black and white film based on a novel by Kenneth Fearing with screen play by Jonathan Latimer could have easily been a Hitchcock. You will want to own a copy to fine the nuances' mist the first time around.
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