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The Big Heat

35mm Studio Print

  • Lecture

Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Lee Marvin, Jocelyn Brando,

In the German Langs—Dr. Mabuse, The Spies, M—one can’t tell the cops from the robbers, and the director was no less cynical in his Hollywood noirs. In The Big Heat, Glenn Ford gives a fine performance of inward obsession as a police detective who crusades against organized crime and police corruption after his wife is killed by a car bomb. But the moral and magnetic center of the film is Gloria Grahame, who intelligently develops the two sides of the bad girl. Few films of the fifties or any period are more ruthless and uncompromising in their observation of violence in American society.

  • Sidney Boehm
Based On
  • the novel by William P. McGivern

  • Charles Lang
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 90 mins
  • Sony Pictures

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The big heat (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England), 2000

The big heat (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 1999

Fritz Lang (article), American Film, Andy Klein, 1990

The big heat (distributor materials), Audio Brandon Films, 1975

C.A.L. - U.A.M. presents the films of Fritz Lang (review), 1969

Study unit 10: Fritz Lang (study guide), Claire Johnston, 1969

The big heat (review), Variety, Brog., 1953

The big heat (review), Green Sheet, 1953

Lee Marvin and Gloria Grahame in 'The Big Heat' (article)

The art of Fritz Lang (program note), Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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