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Ace in the hole / a Paramount picture ; written by Billy Wilder, Lesser Samuels, Walter Newman ; produced and directed by Billy Wilder.

Wilder, Billy, 1906-2002 (Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Interviewee). Samuels, Lesser. (Added Author). Newman, Walter. (Added Author). Douglas, Kirk, 1916- (Actor, Interviewee). Sterling, Jan, 1923-2004 (Actor). Arthur, Robert, 1925-2008 (Actor). Hall, Porter, 1888-1953 (Actor). Cady, Frank, 1915-2012 (Actor). Benedict, Richard, 1916-1984 (Actor). Teal, Ray, 1902-1976 (Actor). Jaquet, Frank, 1885-1958 (Actor). Lang, Charles B. (Added Author). Friedhofer, Hugo (Added Author). Sinyard, Neil. (Commentator). Ciment, Michel, 1938- (Interviewer). Haskell, Molly. Noir in broad daylight. (Added Author). Maddin, Guy, 1956- Chin up for mother. (Added Author). Paramount Pictures Corporation. (Added Author). Criterion Collection (Firm) (Added Author). Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Bob Arthur, Porter Hall, Frank Cady, Richard Benedict, Ray Teal, Frank Jaquet. (Cast).
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Available copies

  • 6 of 9 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Series Information

Criterion collection ; 396.
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Record details

  • ISBN: 1934121681
  • ISBN: 9781934121689
  • Physical Description: 2 videodiscs (111 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2007]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally produced as an American motion picture in 1951.
Disc 2: the supplements: "Portrait of a '60% perfect man': Billy Wilder" [featurette] (60 min.); Billy Wilder at the American Film Institute [featurette] (24 min.); Kirk Douglas interview [featurette] (14 min.); Walter Newman interview [audio only feature] (10 min.); Spike Lee afterword [featurette] (6 min.); Stills gallery; Insert (a facsimile newspaper) includes essays "Noir in broad daylight" by Molly Haskell and "Chin up for Mother" by Guy Maddin.
Formatted Contents Note:
Disc 1: the film: Arrival in Albuquerque -- "Where's my desk?" -- Life sentence -- "Good news is no news" -- Human interest -- Leo -- "Forget the rattlesnakes" -- Lorraine wants out -- Mr. and Mrs. America -- "Everybody likes a break" -- Ace in the hole -- Twenty minutes -- New community -- Gentlemen of the press -- From the top -- Leo suffers as the carnival arrives -- Accusations from Boot -- Rounding third -- Song for Leo -- Turn for the worse -- Out of options -- Present -- Last rites -- Circus is over -- Tatum special -- "For nothing" -- Color bars Special features: Commentary by Neil Sinyard [optional audio feature]; Theatrical trailer (2 min.).
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Director of photography, Charles B. Lang, Jr.; edited by Arthur Schmidt ; music score by Hugo Friedhofer ; art direction, Hal Pereira and Earl Hedrick ; costumes, Edith Head.
Participant or Performer Note:
Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Bob Arthur, Porter Hall, Frank Cady, Richard Benedict, Ray Teal, Frank Jaquet.
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."
Target Audience Note:
Not rated.
System Details Note:
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital mono; aspect ratio 1.33:1.
Language Note:
In English with optional subtitles in English.
Awards Note:
Winner, International Award: Billy Wilder, 1951 Venice Film Festival; Best Actress Award: Jan Sterling, 1951 National Board of Review.
Subject: Press > Drama.
Journalists > Professional ethics > Drama.
Situation ethics > Drama.
Mine accidents > Drama.
Mass media > Drama.
Albuquerque (N.M.) > Drama.
Genre: Film noir.
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.

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