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The Big Clock

Released 1948
Distributor Paramount

Ray Milland is the fall guy in Charles Laughton and George Macready’s murder coverup.Told in the back-to-front flashback style unique to film noir, John Farrow’s ingenious, criminally undervalued mystery thriller sometimes skirts the edge of screwball comedy. This highly‚ entertaining thriller has‚ some intriguing plot similarities to both Welles’ Mr. Arkadin and Alain Corneau’s Police Python 357.

About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career. He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Innerspace and Small Soldiers for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Piranha, Matinee, The ‘burbs , Looney Tunes Back in Action, The Hole (first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival) and the zom-com Burying the Ex. His TV directing work includes: Police Squad, Amazing Stories, the HBO film The Second Civil War, the Masters of Horror titles Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, and episodes of Eerie, Indiana, CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0, Witches of East End, Legends of Tomorrow and Salem. His latest big screen credit is an episode of the upcoming Nightmare Cinema.