The Big Shot

  • 1942
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Crime

This one is almost a remake of a half-dozen other Bogie crime films, loosely plotted and lamely directed by Seiler but with a terrific finale chase patterned after Bogart's mountainous car race in HIGH SIERRA the year earlier. Bogart has just been released from prison. He has no money, no gang, and no girl. Moreover, he has lost his nerve. Downing and Drew,...read more

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This one is almost a remake of a half-dozen other Bogie crime films, loosely plotted and lamely directed by Seiler but with a terrific finale chase patterned after Bogart's mountainous car race in HIGH SIERRA the year earlier. Bogart has just been released from prison. He has no money, no

gang, and no girl. Moreover, he has lost his nerve. Downing and Drew, two hoodlums, run into Bogie, slap him around, then offer him a job on a caper. He agrees but doesn't show up at the break-in, persuaded by Manning, an old flame married to criminal lawyer Ridges. Downing and Drew are caught but

later escape, vowing vengeance on Bogie. He is later framed for the attempted burglary and sent to prison, escaping with Chandler during a prison show. Chandler is killed before going over the wall. A guard is killed by Bogie who is now wanted for murder. Bogart picks up Manning, and the couple

flees to a north woods retreat, but police follow and a wild chase along the snow-bound roadways ensues with motorcycle cops flying into snowbanks. One gets off a lucky shot that kills Manning. Bogie goes to her husband, believing that Ridges has tipped the cops and is responsible for Irene's

death. He confronts the criminal lawyer who panics and offers money and safety. Bogie says no and Ridges goes for his gun. Both men fire, Ridges is killed outright, and Bogie is mortally wounded. Bogie calls the warden at the prison, telling him that another inmate, Travis, being held for the

murder of the guard during his escape is innocent, and that he, Bogart, not only shot the guard but has just murdered Ridges. He is picked up and taken to the prison hospital. Travis is at his deathbed in the final scene. Bogart was then earning $114,000 a year from Warners, agreeing to make this

kind of film or any other they wanted for the money, including the stellar CASABLANCA he made the same year.

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