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The Big Heat (1953) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Fritz Lang and produced by Robert Arthur.

The Big Heat was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2011.

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The Big Heat (1953)

on May 25, 2016 From Journeys in Classic Film

The different breeds of noir can end up creating a dark morass of shadows and fog, with little variety in-between that it’s remarkable that some noirs were able to stand out from the pack at all.?Director Fritz Lang was a film noir maestro by the time The Big Heat was released – having h... Read full article


The Big Heat (1953) – Updated

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 2, 2015 From 4 Star Films

The Big Heat is not a noir where the darkness comes from the shadowy visuals, but from within its characters themselves. In fact, some of these individuals are so subtle in their corruption that it easily gets overshadowed. Homicide cop Dave Bannion is, rather ironically, the straight-arrow trying t... Read full article


Review: The Big Heat (1953)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 2, 2015 From 4 Star Films

The Big Heat is not a noir where the darkness comes from the shadowy visuals, but from within its characters themselves. In fact, some of these individuals are so subtle in their corruption that it easily gets overshadowed. Homicide cop Dave Bannion is, rather ironically, the straight-arrow trying t... Read full article


Review: The Big Heat (1953)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 2, 2015 From 4 Star Films

The Big Heat is not a noir where the darkness comes from the shadowy visuals, but from within its characters themselves. In fact, some of these individuals are so subtle in their corruption that it easily gets overshadowed. Homicide cop Dave Bannion is, rather ironically, the straight-arrow trying t... Read full article


Noirvember Day Three: Gloria Brings The Big Heat

By shadowsandsatin on Nov 3, 2014 From Shadows and Satin

Perhaps the definitive film noir bad girl, Gloria Grahame was once described as ?sexy in a strange way. Like a woman who?s begging you to wallop her in the mouth, ?cause she?d just love it.? With her expressive eyes and sulky countenance, she possessed an on-screen presence that almost always sugges... Read full article


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Mike Lagana: Prisons are bulging with dummies who wonder how they got here.


[Debby surveys Bannion's undistinguished hotel room]
Debby Marsh: Hey, I like this. Early nothing!


Vince Stone: Hey, that's nice perfume.
Debby Marsh: Something new. It attracts mosquitoes and repels men.


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Facts about

When Lee Marvin first sees Glenn Ford face to face, the music in the background is "Put the Blame on Mame," a reference to Ford's performance in Gilda.
Columbia wanted to borrow Marilyn Monroe from 20th Century Fox to play the role of Debby Marsh, but Fox's asking price was too high. Gloria Grahame was cast instead.
The fictional city where the story takes place is named Kenport.
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The Big Heat

Released 1953
Inducted 2011
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