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

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

By shadowsandsatin on Nov 11, 2020 From Shadows and Satin

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


The Big Combo (1955)

By Carol Martinheira on Aug 12, 2016 From The Old Hollywood Garden

The Big Combo (1955) On August 12, 2016August 12, 2016 By CarolIn Uncategorized I love film noir. I?m borderline obsessed with it. So when I found out that The Midnite Drive-In was hosting a film noir blogathon, I got all excited! So I chose to write about Joseph H. Le... Read full article


The Big Combo (1955)

By Beatrice on Jan 24, 2016 From Flickers in Time

The Big Combo Directed by Joseph L. Lewis Written by Philip Yordan 1955/USA Security Pictures/Theodora Pictures Repeat viewing/Amazon Prime As far as I am concerned,?this is up there with Out of the Past in epitomizing all that is film noir. Mr. Brown (Richard Conte) runs a crime syndicate. ?... Read full article


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Leonard Diamond: Do you know Mr. Brown?
Nils Dreyer: I had lunch with him last week. He's a very fine gentleman.
Leonard Diamond: He's a hoodlum.
Nils Dreyer: Because I have lunch with him, that is not a crime. I'll have lunch with anybody, I'm democratic. I'll even have lunch with you.


Mr. Brown: Why did you do it, Joe?
Joe McClure: I told you, he pulled a gun on me.
Mr. Brown: I'm trying to run an impersonal business. Killing is very personal. Once it gets started, it's hard to stop.


Leonard Diamond: I'll wait until I can put you on trial for murder.
Mr. Brown: Whose murder, Lieutenant?
Leonard Diamond: Mine, if necessary.
Mr. Brown: Don't push too hard.
Leonard Diamond: It's my sworn duty to push too hard.
Mr. Brown: Diamond, the only trouble with you is, you'd like to be me. You'd like to have my organization, my influence, my fix. You can't. It's impossible. You think it's money, it's not. It's personality. You haven't got it, Lieutenant, you're a cop. Slow, steady, intelligent, with a bad temper, and a gun under your arm. And with a big yen for a girl you can't have. First is first, and second is nobody.


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Facts about

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.
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.
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