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Big Knife, The (1955)

An intelligent, haunting film full of wonderful performances, particularly from Jack Palance (never better) and Rod Steiger as, respectively, the movie star Charles Castle, coming apart at the seams, and Stanley Hoff, the studio boss who wants to cover up the paranoia at any price.

This is one of the more successful films that Hollywood has made about itself, blessed with a marvellously literate script from the play by Clifford Odets and able direction from Robert Aldrich.

Charles Castle
Jack Palance
Marion Castle
Ida Lupino
Dixie Evans
Shelley Winters
Smiley Coy
Wendell Corey
Connie Bliss
Jean Hagen
Stanley Hoff
Rod Steiger

Robert Aldrich