The Big Combo Overview:

The Big Combo (1955) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Joseph H. Lewis and produced by Cornel Wilde and Sidney Harmon.

SYNOPSIS

Shocking cruelty and explosive performances by Wilde and Conte make this a favorite of film noir cultists. The plot revolves around Wilde's determination to smash the rackets with the help of the gang boss's ex-girlfriend. As in this outing, director Lewis's deft use of low budgets made him a critical favorite.

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Day 7 of Noirvember: Joe McClure in The Big Combo (1955)

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Today?s Noirvember post shines the spotlight on a rather pathetic figure in the shadowy noir world, Joe McClure in The Big Combo (1955). WHAT?S THE BIG COMBO ABOUT? The Big Combo focuses on Mr. Brown (Richard Conte), a ruthless, big-time mobster, and Leonard Diamond (Cornel Wilde), the world-weary d... Read full article


YouTube Noir: Noirvember Day 11: The Big Combo (1955)

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If I?ve said it once on this blog, I?ve said it 10 times ? I?m a HUGE Richard Conte fan. I don?t care if he?s filing his nails, doing his taxes, or working a crossword puzzle, if he?s doing it on my screen, I?m there. And I?m especially there for today?s YouTube noir: The Big Combo (1955), which st... Read full article


The Big Combo, Happy Anniversary! Premiered February 13th, 1955

By C. S. Williams on Feb 12, 2017 From Classic Film Aficionados

On Sunday, February 13th, 1955 The Big Combo premiered in Japan and the United States. Directed by the master-of-style Joseph H. Lewis, photography by near-legendary-cinematographer John Alton, written by?Philip Yordan (read further on Yordan from The Film Noir Foundation), music by David Raksin?and... Read full article


The Big Combo, Happy Anniversary! Premiered February 13th, 1955

By C. S. Williams on Feb 12, 2017 From Classic Film Aficionados

On Sunday, February 13th, 1955 The Big Combo premiered in Japan and the United States. Directed by the master-of-style Joseph H. Lewis, photography by near-legendary-cinematographer John Alton, written by?Philip Yordan (read further on Yordan from The Film Noir Foundation), music by David Raksin?and... Read full article


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Quotes from

Mr. Brown: Now, Benny, who runs the world? Do you have any idea?
Bennie Smith: Not me, Mr. Brown.
Mr. Brown: That's right, not you, but a funny thing, they're not so much different from you, but they've got something. They've got it, and they use it. I've got it;
[pointing to McClure]
Mr. Brown: he hasn't. What is it, Benny? What makes the difference...? Hate! Hate is the word, Benny! Hate the man that tries to beat you. Kill 'em, Benny! Kill 'em! Hate him till you see red, and you'll come out winning the big money, and the girls will come tumblin' after. You'll have to shut off the phone and lock the door to get a night's rest.


Police Capt. Peterson: You're a cop, Leonard. There's 17,000 laws on the books to be enforced. You haven't got time to reform wayward girls. She's been with Brown three and a half years. That's a lot of days... and nights.


Mingo: [Upon being offered a sandwich by Fante] I couldn't swallow any more salami.


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Facts about

The names 'Fante' and 'Mingo' were later used by writer-director Joss Whedon for two characters - twin brothers - that the Serenity crew meet in the movie Serenity.
This film skirted the Production Code by making several not-too-subtle hints that Mr. Brown's henchmen, Fante and Mingo (played by Lee Van Cleef and Earl Holliman), were a homosexual couple.
Jack Palance was originally hired for the role of "Mr. Brown", but after clashing with the producers, he left the production. Before leaving he recommended they hire Richard Conte to replace him, which they did.
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