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A Syndicate Coup d’Etat
Allied Artists which was Monogram Studios and mostly noted for the Bowery Boys gave us The Big Combo and they put together a stylish cast for this noir thriller. The cast is so good they cover up a lot of holes in the story.
The antagonists in this film are honest police lieutenant Cornel Wilde against ruthless syndicate chief Richard Conte. Wilde is doggedly determined to get Conte who’s an article as slick as they come. His persistence reminds me a lot of Columbo without the humor.
Conte took over from a former syndicate chief who took a Johnny Torrio like ‘retirement’ to Sicily. Or what exactly is the real story there and who’s this mysterious Alicia that throws a scare into the normally unflappable Conte?
Wilde also has a personal interest in another way as he’s kind of crushing out on Jean Wallace who’s Conte’s main squeeze. There’s a club stripper played by Carolyn Jones who’s sweet on Wilde and pays for it with her life.
The Big Combo has made the list for cinema of gay interest because of the roles of Earl Holliman and Lee Van Cleef as a pair of gay trigger men who work for Conte. It’s something that during the Fifties only a small studio like Allied Artists would have on screen. Today their relationship is rather obvious.
The parts are much greater than the whole and basically what Conte has done is pull a syndicate coup d’etat. But personally as the story unfolds he did a rather sloppy job in covering it up.
Rounding out the cast is syndicate banker Brian Donlevy and Wilde’s police superior Robert Middleton. It’s a nice noir thriller, but it should have had a much tighter story.
Big Combo is Combustible *1/
Despite a sterling cast, this 1955 film noir is absolutely dreadful. The film is done in by weak writing and an extremely poor character development.
As always, Richard Conte gave a gem of a performance. This time he is an evil man caught up in being a gangster for all seasons. Unfortunately, we don’t know what kind of rackets he is in and after viewing this film, we really wouldn’t care to know. Conte is good here because he captures his usual vicious self on screen. Seeing him here, you are reminded of his great performance as Tony Bardem in “I’ll Cry Tomorrow.” The latter was the same year as “Big Combo.”
Cornel Wilde is terribly miscast as the police detective trying to get the goods on Conte through the women in the latter’s life. An equally bad performance is done by Jean Wallace, who talks like Melanie Griffith.
The film goes down in quality rapidly as the bodies begin to pile up. Earl Holliman appears as one of Conte’s hoods. He is as dumb as a stump. Did he ever show any creative intelligence in his films?
Even veteran actor Ted de Corsia is weak in a one scene act where he divulges information on Mr. Brown. (Conte)
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 27 min (87 min), 1 hr 24 min (84 min) (West Germany)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Director Joseph H. Lewis
Writer Philip Yordan
Actors Cornel Wilde, Richard Conte, Jean Wallace
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (RCA)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1 (negative ratio), 1.85 : 1 (intended ratio)
Film Length 2,436 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format Super 8, 35 mm