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  • ISBN: 9781604658378
  • Physical Description: 1 Blu-ray disc (111 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Publisher: Irvington, NY : The Criterion Collection, 2014.

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General Note: Originally released as a motion picture in 1951.
Participant or Performer Note: Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur.
Summary, etc.: The Ace in the Hole, in this case, is Leo Minosa, trapped in a cliff dwelling near Albuquerque, N.M. The publicity from his situation could build a winning hand for several people: Chuck Tatum, manipulative veteran newsman; Lorraine, his bored wife who dreams of city lights; Sheriff Gus Kretzer, boosting his re-election campaign; and young Herbie, a reporter who wants to make the big leagues. In 1951, there was no 24-hour cable news, and the Albuquerque paper was not on the Internet. The modern media age, however, was dawning. A veritable carnival sets up at the rescue scene, which may be one of the sources of the term "media circus."
System Details Note: Blu-ray; Requires blu-ray player; Aspect ratio, 1.37:1; Dolby Digital; Region A.
Language Note: In English with optional English subtitles.
Subject: Reporters and reporting > New Mexico > Albuquerque > Drama.
Man-woman relationships > New Mexico > Albuquerque > Drama.
Immorality > Drama.
Press > Drama.
Journalists > Professional ethics > Drama.
Situation ethics > Drama.
Mine accidents > Drama.
Albuquerque (N.M.) > Drama.

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