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.

My Favorite Joseph H. Lewis Films

* * * * (Out of * * * *)

1.   Gun Crazy (1950)

2.   Terror in a Texas Town (1958) 

3.   The Halliday Brand (1957)

4.   The Big Combo (1955)

5.   So Dark the Night (1946)

6.   My Name Is Julia Ross (1945)

* * * * (Out of * * * *) (Short Cinema)

1.   The Rifleman – Season 1 (1958-1959)
1a. The Safe Guard (1958)
1b. Duel of Honor (1958)
1c. The Deadly Wait (1959)
1d. The Pet (1959)
1e. The Trade (1959)
1f. Boomerang (1959)
1g. Shivaree (1959)
(Television)

* * * 1/2 (Out of * * * *) (Short Cinema)

1.   The Rifleman – Season 2 (1959-1960)
1a. Heller (1960)
1b. The Visitor (1960)
1c. The Fourflusher (1960)
1d. Letter of the Law (1959)
1e. Panic (1959)
1f. The Deserter (1960)
1g. Shotgun Man (1960)
1h. The Patsy (1959)
1i. The Hangman (1960)
1j. Surveyors (1959)
1k. Hero (1960)
1l. The Spoiler (1960)
1m. Eddie’s Daughter (1959)
1n. Day of the Hunter (1960)
(Television)

My Favorite Joseph H. Lewis Films (New)

* * * * (Out of * * * *)

1.   Gun Crazy (1949)

2.   Cry of the Hunted (1953)

3.   The Halliday Brand (1957)

4.   The Big Combo (1955)

5.   Terror in a Texas Town (1958)

6.   So Dark the Night (1946)

7.   My Name Is Julia Ross (1945)

8.   The Undercover Man (1949)
(I saw it a long time ago on TCM)

* * * 1/2 (Out of * * * *)

1.   A Lady Without Passport (1950)

2.   Retreat, Hell! (1952)

3.   A Lawless Street (1955)

4.   Desperate Search (1952)

5.   7th Cavalry (1956)
(I saw it on an old VHS Tape)