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Ace in the Hole (1951) was a Film Noir - Drama Film directed by Billy Wilder and produced by Billy Wilder and William Schorr.

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Noir Nook: Ripped from the Headlines ? Ace in the Hole (1951)

By Karen Burroughs Hannsberry on Aug 8, 2018 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Noir Nook: Ripped from the Headlines ? Ace in the Hole (1951) For this month?s Noir Nook, I?m starting a new series, taking a look at several films noirs that are based on real-life events. I confess that I?ve always gotten a little jolt of excitement whenever I?ve seen the words ?Based on a True St... Read full article


Ace in the Hole (1951)

By Carol Martinheira on Dec 20, 2015 From The Old Hollywood Garden

Ace in the Hole (1951) On December 20, 2015December 20, 2015 By CarolMartinheira Ace in the Hole (1951) is probably the darkest Billy Wilder has ever been. Maybe. I mean, he did do Double Indemnity (1944), after all. But Ace in the Hole is a different kind of dark. It?s... Read full article


A Classic Film for Media Critics: Ace in the Hole

By Judy on Dec 6, 2015 From Cary Grant Won't Eat You

This fall, the media is a top-trending topic (surprising in a season when we’ve lost Jon Stewart’s acerbic touch): Ted Cruz won applause for attacking the media, Spotlight accolades for celebrating them. For the second year in a row, news-centered movies have garnered Oscar buzz; this ye... Read full article


Ace in the Hole (1951)

By Beatrice on Jul 19, 2015 From Flickers in Time

Ace in the Hole (AKA The Big Carnival) Directed by Billy Wilder Written by Billy Wilder, Lesser Samuels, and Walter Newman 1951/USA Paramount Pictures Repeat viewing/Netflix rental #243 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Billy Wilder concocts the original media circus and Kirk Douglas giv... Read full article


Ace in the Hole (1951, Billy Wilder)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Apr 20, 2015 From The Stop Button

Ace in the Hole moves while the script–from director Wilder, Lesser Samuels and Walter Newman–never races. In fact, it’s deliberate and methodical, maybe even redundant at times (especially in the first act). The redundant moments aren’t actually a problem since Kirk Douglas ... Read full article


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Lorraine: I met a lot of hard-boiled eggs in my life, but you - you're twenty minutes.


Lorraine: I don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.


Nagel: [on the telephone to Tatum] Come on Tatum! How much for the Minosa story? Exclusive!
[listens]
Nagel: What! Don't you know there's a war on... somewhere?


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When the film was released, it got bad reviews and lost money. The studio, without Billy Wilder's permission, changed the title to "The Big Carnival" to increase the box office take of the film. It didn't work. On top of that, Billy Wilder's next picture Stalag 17 was a hit and Billy Wilder expected a share of the Stalag 17's profits. Paramount accountants told him that since this picture lost money, the money it lost would be subtracted from the profits of Stalag 17.
Residents of Gallup, New Mexico were hired as extras. They were paid 75 cents an hour for a ten-hour day. Extras earned an additional three dollars if they could bring an automobile to the set.
In a 1950 memo to Wilder, Douglas objected to several aspects of Chuck Tatum's monologue about missing New York City: "No pastrami! No garlic pickles! No Madison Square Garden! No Yogi Berra!" among other things, Douglas asked, "... what the hell is a Yogi Berra!" Douglas secretary, who was amused her boss didn't know who the New York Yankee star was, told him he was a catcher.
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