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The Big Heat (1953)

Not Rated | | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller | October 1953 (USA)
Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate.

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Dave Bannion is an upright cop on the trail of a vicious gang he suspects holds power over the police force. Bannion is tipped off after a colleague's suicide and his fellow officers' suspicious silence lead him to believe that they are on the gangsters' payroll. When a bomb meant for him kills his wife instead, Bannion becomes a furious force of vengeance and justice, aided along the way by the gangster's spurned girlfriend Debbie. As Bannion and Debbie fall further and further into the Gangland's insidious and brutal trap, they must use any means necessary (including murder) to get to the truth. Written by alfiehitchie

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Made its New York television premiere 21 January 1967 on WCBS channel 2. See more »

Goofs

As Bannion is moving out of his house, he goes to a back room to get something. As he goes around a corner, we see his shadow stop, then it just disappears. Bannion then comes back into the shot carrying his bag. An obvious cut, but done without the camera being moved. See more »

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[Debby surveys Bannion's undistinguished hotel room]
Debby Marsh: Hey, I like this. Early nothing!
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Referenced in The Punisher (1989) See more »

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It's a Blue World
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Written by Chet Forrest and Bob Wright
Heard instrumentally during one of the scenes at The Retreat
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I'll take mine black, no sugar
20 July 2001 | by (La La Land) – See all my reviews

Fantastic film noir features 2 potent scenes involving tossed coffee, and Gloria Grahame as a mob moll who is definitely a woman not be messed with. Tough cop Ford is not afraid of anyone as he goes on movie long crusade to bring down every villian in the story. Entertaining pulp is fast and cynical and will leave lasting impression long after it's over. Great characters dot the brutal landscape from beginning to end.


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