The Big Shot

The Big Shot

DVD - 2015
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Three time loser Duke Berne risks life in prison with one more armored car robbery. His attorney's wife Lorna, Berne's old sweetheart, keeps him from it but he goes to jail anyway. Duke and Lorna get some time together again after he stages a prison break, but if he stays with her his old friend George will have to take the rap for killing one of the guards.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, [Publisher not identified], , [2015]
Branch Call Number: BIGS
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,rda
digital,optical,Dolby Digital,rda
1 videodisc (82 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.

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Oct 10, 2015

This Bogart film was made between the two masterpieces The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca. Unlike those two masterpieces, this film was made with an able, but ordinary supporting cast. Also, while the The Maltese Falcon was based upon a extraordinarily good mystery novel and Casablanca was based upon a popular dramatic play, this film was based upon a very ordinary script written just for this film. The film was good and contained very good acting from Bogart, but without Bogart I suspect the film would never have been made. The film has a serious racial flaw in that one of the main supporting white actors dressed in black face performed a dance with a cartoonish black mannequin, which today is important in that it again shows how racist Hollywood was in 1942.

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