The Big Knife Overview:

The Big Knife (1955) was a Drama - Film Noir Film directed by Robert Aldrich and produced by Robert Aldrich.


A dark, cynical probing of Hollywood and the studio system. When matinee idol Palance refuses to renew his studio contract, an autocratic movie mogul stoops to blackmail to force him back onto the lot. Based on an Odets play.

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Day Seven of Noirvember: The Big Knife (1955)

By shadowsandsatin on Nov 7, 2017 From Shadows and Satin

Not your typical noir, The Big Knife focuses on screen star Charlie Castle (Jack Palance), who?s in the center of a maelstrom ? his dictator-like studio head, Stanley Hoff (Rod Steiger), is pressuring him into signing another seven-year contract; his beloved, estranged wife, Marion (Ida Lupino), wan... Read full article

The Big Knife (1955)

By Beatrice on Mar 20, 2016 From Flickers in Time

The Big Knife Directed by Robert Aldrich Written by James Poe from a play by Clifford Odets 1955/USA The Associates & Aldrich Company First viewing/Netflix rental Charlie Castle: Oh, there’s room in the world for ’em. This is a Hollywood expose along the lines of Sunset Blvd. or T... Read full article

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Charlie Castle: Am I the worst oaf in the world?
Marion Castle: The world's a big place. You're the worst one in my life.

Stanley Hoff: [to Castle, after being slapped] I'll - break - you!

Charlie Castle: There's a word for you.
Connie Bliss: Why don't you say it, darling?

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Facts about

Because of its vitriolic take on Tinseltown, this was unsurprisingly turned down by all the major studios in Hollywood. It eventually found a home at United Artists.
Shot in 15 days.
The part of Charles Castle was originally written for John Garfield. He was supposed to play the part in the film version but died in 1952 of a premature heart attack.
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