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The Big Bluff (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 5 June 1955 (USA)
When a scheming fortune hunter finds his rich wife is not going to die as expected, he and his lover make other plans to get her millions.

Director:

W. Lee Wilder

Writers:

Fred Freiberger (screenplay), Mindret Lord (story) (as Mindred Lord)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Bromfield ... Ricardo De Villa
Martha Vickers ... Valerie Bancroft
Robert Hutton ... Dr. Peter Kirk
Rosemarie Stack ... Fritzie Darvel (as Rosemarie Bowe)
Eve Miller ... Marsha Jordan
Max Palmer Max Palmer ... Fullmer
Eddie Bee Eddie Bee ... Don Darvel
Robert Bice ... Dr. Harrison
Pierre Watkin ... Winthrop
Beal Wong Beal Wong ... Art Dealer
Rusty Wescoatt Rusty Wescoatt ... Frank
Mitchell Kowall ... Coroner
Jack Daly Jack Daly ... Master of Ceremonies
Paul McGuire Paul McGuire ... Butler
George Conrad ... Bell Boy
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Storyline

When scheming fortune hunter and erstwhile Latin lover Ricardo De Villa learns that a wealthy but sickly widow has terminal heart disease, he seduces and marries the vulnerable millionairess. Playing the part of a faithful and doting husband, he carries on a torrid affair with sexy exotic dancer Fritzi Darvel while avoiding the suspicious eyes of her jealous bongo-playing husband. When his wife's condition seems to go into remission, the impatient De Villa decides on action that will hasten her seemingly inevitable death. Written by duke1029

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Bluff See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Planet Filmplays See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In a case of life mirroring art, Martha Vickers (Valerie) passed away at age 46 before the other main members of the cast. Unlike the heart disease her character had in the film, she suffered from esophageal cancer. Of the remainder of the main cast, Rosemarie Stack (Marsha) lived the longest, to age 86, passing away in January 2019. See more »

Quotes

Ricardo 'Rick' De Villa: Fullmer, you're not gonna charge me with a murder I didn't commit?
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Connections

Remake of The Glass Alibi (1946) See more »

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Good, Little-known Noir
14 July 2007 | by george_chabotSee all my reviews

The only other comment on this film lists a litany of reasons why not to watch it, generally because of unfavorable but irrelevant comparisons to Billy Wilder, the director's brother.

I will give you a reason to watch it; it is effective. John Bromfield makes an effective gigolo and Martha Vickers, while not the most charismatic actress known, does a good job as the object of his affections.

Watch this without taking a lot of baggage in with you and you will be satisfied. It has a nice twist at the end that you may guess, but probably not.


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