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The Big Clock Movie Review Summary

Actors: Ray Milland, Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Sullivan, Elsa Lanchester, George Macready

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THE BIG CLOCK is a movie directed by John Farrow in 1948.

George Stroud is a successful editor in charge of the magazine "Crimeways", one of the numerous publications of his boss Earl Janoth. One day, Stroud sees Janoth entering Pauline York's apartment. After a violent discussion, Janoth kills his mistress and asks his director Steve Hagen to help him cover his tracks in the victim's apartment.

Stroud is ordered by Janoth to find, before the police learns about the crime, the identity of the man who had seen him in front of Pauline's apartment. Under Stroud's supervision, the entire team of "Crimeways" starts to interview hundreds of witnesses. Stroud must find a way to charge Janoth before the clues brought by his team indicates that he is the one everybody is looking for.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 70%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Story partially from villain's perspective Time/Era of Movie:    -   1930's-1950's Murder Mystery?    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Special suspect?    -   investigator him/herself Kind of mystery?    -   skilled citizen investigator

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   business executive Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

United States    -   Yes City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   building

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   non-gory references to death/punishment Kind of violence:    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   book

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