Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday's Film Adaptions: The Big Heat by William P McGivern

MURDER WAS IN THE AIR. A COP HAD KILLED HIMSELF, AND EVERY CROOK IN TOWN KNEW THAT WOULD BE SURE TO BRING ON THE BIG HEAT. Why did they fear a dead man? Dave Bannion, homicide sergeant, fought for the answer to that question. The dead man was a police clerk who shot himself for no obvious reason. That was Bannion's first judgment, until a girl named Lucy presented a quite different picture of the dead man from the one he had shown to the world and to his fastidious, glacial wife. Bannion's chief, Lieutenant Wilks, wanted the case closed and speculation ended quickly and tightly. So did Max Stone and Lagana, who held the city in a sinister, underworld grip. But why? Why did they all fear a dead man . . . ?

A police detective whose wife was killed by the mob teams with a scarred gangster's moll to bring down a powerful gangster.

Release Date: October 14, 1953
Release Time: 89 minutes

Glenn Ford as Det. Sgt. Dave Bannion
Gloria Grahame as Debby Marsh
Lee Marvin as Vince Stone
Jeanette Nolan as Bertha Duncan
Alexander Scourby as Mike Lagana
Jocelyn Brando as Katie Bannion
Adam Williams as Larry Gordon, the car bomber
Kathryn Eames as Marge, Bannion's sister-in-law
Linda Bennett as Joyce Bannion, the Bannions' young daughter
Chris Alcaide as George Rose
Peter Whitney as Tierney
Willis Bouchey as Lt. Ted Wilks
Robert Burton as Det. Gus Burke
Howard Wendell as Police Commissioner Higgins
Michael Granger as Hugo (police clerk)
Dorothy Green as Lucy Chapman
Carolyn Jones as Doris
Dan Seymour as Mr. Atkins
Edith Evanson as Selma Parker

1953 Edgar Allen Poe Awards
Sydney Boehm - Best Screenplay - Won

American Film Institute
AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills - Nominated
AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes - "We're sisters under the same mink." – Nominated
AFI's 10 Top 10 - Nominated Gangster Film

Author Bio:
William P. McGivern was a novelist and screenwriter. In his early years he worked as a police reporter for the Philadelphia Bulletin and a reviewer and reporter for the Evening Bulletin in Philadelphia. Prior to his career in the newspaper business he served in the United States Army from 1943-1946.He moved to Los Angeles in 1960. His works include over twenty thrillers and mysteries as well as Soldiers of 44 , a novel based on his experiences in World War II. His novels turned into movies include The Big Heat, Rouge Cop, Shield For Murder, Odds Against Tomorrow and the bestselling Night of the Juggler .In 1952 McGivern received an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America and served as president of that organization in 1980. He was the master of the hard-boiled detective novel.




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