In The Big Clock crime-rag publisher Charle Laughton tries to tag his editor (Ray Milland) with the savage murder of the publisher’s mistress when he glimpses the editor skulking out of her apartment. The twist to an otherwise familiar tale is that Laughton assigns Milland to find the killer even as the clues start pointing right at the editor himself.
Two real-life married couples worked on The Big Clock: co-stars Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester, and star Maureen O’Sullivan and director John Farrow (their daughter is actress Mia Farrow).
Based on Kenneth Fearing’s novel, the film was remade in 1987 as “No Way Out.”
Cast: Charles Laughton, Ray Milland, Maureen O’Sullivan, Rita Johnson, Elsa Lanchester, James Burke, George Macready, Henry Morgan, Dan Tobin, Harold Vermilyea
Director: John Farrow
Producer: Richard Maibaum
Director of Photography: John F. Seitz
Editor: Gene Ruggiero
Composer: Victor Young
Screenwriter: Jonathan Latimer
Production Designer: Hans Dreier
Set Designers: Sam Comer, Ross Dowd
Special Effects: Gordon Jennings
Art Director: Roland Anderson, Albert Nozaki
USA / Paramount / 95 minutes / 1948