Watch: The Big Combo 1955 123movies, Full Movie Online – Police Lt. Diamond is told to close his surveillance of suspected mob boss Mr. Brown because it’s costing the department too much money with no results. Diamond makes one last attempt to uncover evidence against Brown by going to Brown’s girlfriend, Susan Lowell..
Plot: Police Lt. Leonard Diamond vies to bring a clever, well connected, and sadistic gangster to justice all the while obsessing over the gangster’s girlfriend.
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unacknowledged film noir classic!
It is surprising that the brilliance of this film has not been adequately recognised by the viewing public or the critics. Probably inspired by the prototypical rogue cop in Fritz Lang’s “The Big Heat”, this film features the crusade of one man – Lieutenant Diamond (Cornel Wilde in a super performance) to pin down Richard Conte’s smooth-tongued gangster. Struggling to keep away the departmental bureaucracy, he battles singlehandedly against organised crime with a devotion to duty bordering on the obsessional (“It’s my sworn duty to push too far”).
Despite the absence of any big name in the cast, this film presents all the elements that we have come to love about American film noir – great lighting and photography, tight script (“First is first, and second is nobody”), a great storyline, and some superb performances (Susan Lowell as a society girl – the gangster’s moll – is ravishing).
Watch this film. It’s time it got recognition amongst the greatest films to come out of Hollywood. Ever.
First-rate film noir
This is one of the finest of film noirs, unjustly forgotten. John Alton’s black-and-white cinematography is brilliant, smoothly playing with light and darkness while dazzling our eyes. This might be Joseph Lewis’ best film (it’s a hard choice) and the cast is amazing. Fun to see Lee Van Cleef and Earl Holliman play (probably) gay hit men; Brian Donlevy in an unusual supporting role provides heft; Richard Conte is a great, great villain. And Jean Wallace is luminous in the femme-fatale-turned-good role. Catch it if you can.
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