Moviedrome Mondays: The Big Combo (1955)

Since I could not find a youtube video link of Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox introducing cult B-filmmaker Joseph H. Lewis 1955 film noir gem The Big Combo, readers will have to rely on Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was August 23, 1993 (read here). I could not state any of Cox’s sentiments about this film any better. 1950’s Gun Crazy may be Lewis number one greatest film, but The Big Combo (also directed by him) proves to be every bit as (If not more) masterful as that earlier film. Now everything about The Big Combo is undeniably brilliant, but the true standout aspect of this film lies in John Alton’s dazzling cinematography, which is evident from it’s first frame to it’s iconic final shot. If any of you readers are interested, here is a link to my favorite Joseph H. Lewis films (read here).

Since I could not find a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer, readers will have to either watch the film on the aforementioned website (click here) or find it on Blu-Ray/DVD (click here). In addition, If you are a UK visitor to my site (some of my dear readers live there), click here for the link to what may be the Region 2 Blu-Ray/DVD of the film.

8 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: The Big Combo (1955)

  1. The Big Combo is a good film and a good film noir. It has a good script and it’s very well directed. It’s great visually. The film’s visuals are the essence of film noir.
    To me, the best thing about the film is Richard Conte. A great actor best known as Barzini in The Godfather. He gives a great performance as the villain Mr. Brown and he steals the film. His dialogue is really good and well written.

  2. I agree with Steve that this is Conte’s film. I haven’t seen it since the late 1960s, but never forgotten how convincing he was in his role.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. The Big Combo definitely ranks amongst my favourites of the films I was introduced to by Moviedrome. It’s such a great film! It hits so many noir touchstones right on the head and I really should get hold of the Arrow Academy Blu-ray so I can watch it again.

  4. I agree with everything you say about this wonderful film noir Steve 🙂 Cox really nailed it in his intro when discussing how excellent the villains of the film are 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  5. I totally agree with your sentiments Paul S 🙂 As for the Arrow Blu-Ray, you not only get the film, but some reportedly excellent special features 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

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