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  • Acteurs : Ray Milland, Maureen O'Sullivan, Charles Laughton, George Macready, Rita Johnson
  • Réalisateurs : John Farrow
  • Scénaristes : Harold Goldman, Jonathan Latimer, Kenneth Fearing
  • Producteurs : Richard Maibaum
  • Format : Noir et blanc, Dolby, Plein écran, Sous-titré, NTSC, Import
  • Audio : Anglais (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Sous-titres : Français, Espagnol
  • Sous-titres pour sourds et malentendants : Anglais
  • Région : Région 1 (USA et Canada). Ce DVD ne pourra probablement pas être visualisé en Europe. Plus d'informations sur les formats DVD/Blu-ray.
  • Rapport de forme : 1.33:1
  • Nombre de disques : 1
  • Studio : Universal Studios
  • Date de sortie du DVD : 6 juillet 2004
  • Durée : 95 minutes
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5 1 commentaire client
  • ASIN: B00023P4FQ
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First UK DVD release of this 1948 classic thriller from Universal Pictures. Based on the novel The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing and starring Oscar winners Charles Laughton and Ray Milland. George Stroud, (Ray Milland) executive editor at Crimeways magazine, is involved with the wrong woman - his boss's. When Earl Janoth (Charles Laughton), his boss, kills her in an argument, he begins to cover his tracks and frame an innocent man, whose identity he doesn t know but was seen outside her home just before the murder. Janoth knows someone saw him, but not who. He puts Stroud in charge of finding the unidentified witness but the trouble is that Stroud was the missing man... --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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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 (Charles Laughton). 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.

The Big Clock (New York Review Books Classics)
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HASH(0x8ff85c00) étoiles sur 5 Well Done Noir, Well Worth Watching 3 août 2004
Par C. O. DeRiemer - Publié sur
Format: DVD
This is not, in my opinion, one of the great noirs, but it tells a fast-paced, well-acted story with style, tension and humor. Ray Milland plays George Stroud, dynamic editor of a crime magazine, one of many in Earl Janoth's (Charles Laughton) publishing empire. Through circumstances, he meets Laughton's mistress one evening. She later is killed. Janoth puts Stroud in charge of tracking down the murder to get an exclusive for the magazine...(not much of a spoiler ahead; the killing is shown early)...and to cover the fact that Janoth was the killer. Milland is quickly set up to take the fall.

Milland was edging into middle age and this added to the authority he brought to the role. Although he still had the charm and light comedy springingness, he is believable as a quick-thinking potential victim.

Laughton is first rate. In a couple of scenes he scurries to the elevator or across a hall and looks like a fat, dangerous spider. He helps define Janoth's character as an indulgent, morally corrupt egoist by touching his mouth and grooming a small, ridiculous moustache with a little finger.

Rita Johnson plays the mistress and is terrific. She's shrewd, sexy and sophisticated. She didn't have much of a career and, according to IMDb, apparently had a death worthy of a noir movie.

George Macready plays a smart, cold, condescending lawyer whose ethics are flexible. His range may have been be limited, but Macready was one of Hollywood's great character actors.

You might be able to find an old, used paperback of the book by Kenneth Fearing. He was a good poet who never made it. In the three or four mystery/novels he wrote he uses the device of having the characters speak for themselves in the first person, each to his or her own chapter. It takes getting used to but it becomes quite effective. Dagger of the Mind and The Loneliest Girl in the World also are very good and also, I suppose, long out of print. If you like mysteries (or dead American poets), give him a Google.

Kevin Costner's No Way Out was based on the book and this movie. In the ring, I'd give Milland over Costner on points by a wide margin; Laughton over Hackman on points but close; Macready over Patton by a knockout in the sixth; and Johnson over Sean Young by a knockout in the first. And this version over the other by a knockout in the fifth. No Way Out's conclusion is, for me, unsatisfying because it drains sympathy from the Costner hero. In The Big Clock, the ending is satisfyingly concluded with an elevator shaft and, later, a hug and a laugh.

The DVD transfer is quite good considering the age of the movie, and shouldn't be a reason for not getting the movie.
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HASH(0x8ff85c54) étoiles sur 5 Ray Milland and Charles Laughton in absorbing 40's thriller 18 juillet 2001
Par C. Roberts - Publié sur
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. "The Big Clock" has a first rate supporting cast including George Macready, Harry Morgan, Lloyd Corrigan, Philip Van Zandt, Richard Webb and Dan Tobin. The film was directed by John Farrow who also made "Where Danger Lives" and "His Kind of Woman" (both with Robert Mitchum).
Some favourite lines from the film:
Ray Milland: "More guards, the lobby's sewed up like a sack - and they said shoot to kill. They mean you George, you. How'd I get into this rat race anyway, I'm no criminal - what happened - when did it all start?".
Milland (to Charles Laughton): "Wouldn't you steal something if you wanted it badly enough?".
Laughton (to George Macready): "Everybody knows me".
Elsa Lanchester (to Milland): "Never mind, Mr Stroud, I've few enough collectors without sending one to jail".
Charles Laughton won the Best Actor Oscar in 1932 for his role in "The Private Life of Henry VIII". Laughton was a very distinguished British actor who appeared in many prestigious films and directed the splendid "Night of the Hunter" in 1955. Ray Milland deservedly won the Best Actor Oscar for "The Lost Weekend" (directed by Billy Wilder in 1945). Milland had a long and successful career both as an actor and later as a director. Maureen O'Sullivan is best known for her role as "Jane" in the Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan films. She was married to John Farrow (director of "The Big Clock") and one of her daughters is of course the actress Mia Farrow.
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HASH(0x8ff86008) étoiles sur 5 The Clock's Ticking! 9 octobre 2001
Par Alex Udvary - Publié sur
John Farrow's "The Big Clock" is one of the great noir films of the 40's. The downside is many people have 1) rarely seen it. 2) Many haven't even heard of it! Ray Milland stars as George Stroud a man who as the film goes on will have to track down a murderer when all the clues lead to one man, him! How can he prove his innocence. And how will he get anyone to believe him? These are the interesting questions that arise as you watch this film.
George Stroud (Milland) works for a publication that somehow manages to break cases before the police do. He is also suppose to go on his honeymoon with his wife Georgette (Maureen O' Sullivan) which is long overdue ( they now have a 5 year old son!). But, his boss Earl Janoth (Charles Laughton) wants him to postpone his honeymoon. Claiming he'll give him higher pay and a month's vaction. But George knows his wife will kill him if he's not there ready to leave with her lol. Now, one thing leads to another ( I don't want to give anyway too much of the plot). But George ends up missing his train and spends the night with Janoth's mistress! Later on that night, he finds that Janoth's mistress is dead! Was it murder? Well, all directions point that way since George saw Janoth go into Pauline York's (Rita Johnson) apartment. In an attempt to cover up his actions, Janoth tells George he has to solve the case before the police get involved. "The Big Clock" has a great musical score by Victor Young, nice cimatography by Daniel L. Fapp & John F. Seitz. And, fammed costume designer Edit Head does wonderful work. All of these things give this movie the "classic" noir feel to it. There are good, solid performances by everyone, and nice directing by Farrow. This is a very pleasurable film to watch on one of those rainy, dark nights, that just feels like watching a noir film. One of the best noir films I've ever seen.
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HASH(0x8ff86080) étoiles sur 5 Weak Transfer for this Gripping Film Noir 5 mars 2005
Par Nix Pix - Publié sur
Format: DVD
"The Big Clock" is a brilliant labyrinth of dark humor and cyclical twists and turns - rather like riding a funhouse car into the murky blackness of uncertainty but with the nervous expectation that you are about to be frightened out of your mind. The film is a taut, lean thriller that presents a curious predicament for its hero, George Stroud (Ray Milland). He's a star reporter who is assigned to cover the murder of a mysterious woman by his punctually obsessed editor, Earl Janoth (Charles Laughton). There's just one little wrinkle that needs to be overcome; the overworked Stroud not only knows the woman in question but spent the night with her before she met with her untimely demise. There's also something else to consider; the woman was Janoth's mistress. Now the question arises for Stroud: how to accurately cover the scoop, report all the facts, expose the killer and keep his own name out of the proceedings. Both men are feverishly working to solve the crime, unwittingly culminating in accusations that will expose both their prior relationships with the corpse. Elsa Lanchester appears as Louise Patterson, the high-strung painter whose sketch of the prime suspect slowly begins to take on the figure of George Stroud. "The Big Clock" was remade in 1987 as the Kevin Costner thriller, "No Way Out".
THE TRANSFER: The gray scale is solid, deep and rich blacks and very smooth looking whites. There are instances where contrast levels appear somewhat low and fine detail seems slightly out of focus. Often there's a muddy quality to the image. Occasionally pixelization breaks apart the background information - but only briefly and usually between dissolves. There's also a minor hint of edge enhancement that is barely noticeable. The audio is mono but very nicely cleaned up. There are no extras.
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HASH(0x8ff8653c) étoiles sur 5 Time! There's too much of it! 4 mai 2005
Par Steven Hellerstedt - Publié sur
Format: DVD
THE BIG CLOCK opens with a roaming and restless camera skimming over the big city at twilight. It finally opens onto the lobby of a modern office building, tightening in for a close-up of a frightened man who starts things off by asking himself this pregnant question - "How did I get into this?" The sweating man with the tie askew is George Stroud (Ray Milland), managing editor of Crimeways Magazine (`The police blotter of the nation') and `this' is suspicion of murder. And time is running out.

As its title and format (Stroud flashbacks to the past 36 hours) suggest, THE BIG CLOCK is obsessed with time, and the first third of it is filled with impatient people telling others that they're late, or they have exactly one minute to present their proposal, or telling another they'll be there at 4:30 sharp. Boss Earl Janath (Charles Laughton) is the worst, of course, docking pay when someone leaves a light bulb unchanged and forever messing around with that oily moustache of his. A pathological attention to detail isn't the worse thing to foster in a crime magazine staff that prides itself on its investigative abilities, although it doesn't help that this highly trained and talented staff is investigating a crime that their innocent editor Stroud seems guilty of.

THE BIG CLOCK is a fun movie, a game of wits between Janath and his minions and Stroud with a plot that twists and careens and makes us forget some of the more serious plot holes. For a suspense crime thriller director John Farrow liberally peppers the movie with comedy. The main characters play it straight, but there are a number of humorous secondary characters, and Elsa Lancaster as an abstract artist with a story to tell and a picture to paint is a totally comic character. The humor works, but it tends to succeed at the expense of the tension. The transfer print is in very good condition and was easy on the eyes. Strong recommendation.
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