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Ace in the Hole
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Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas

Chuck Tatum
Jan Sterling

Jan Sterling

Lorraine Minosa
Robert Arthur

Robert Arthur

Herbie Cook
Porter Hall

Porter Hall

Jacob Q. Boot
Frank Cady

Frank Cady

Al Federber
Richard Benedict

Richard Benedict

Leo Minosa
Ray Teal

Ray Teal

Sheriff Gus Kretzer
Lewis Martin

Lewis Martin

McCardle


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Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder

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Lesser Samuels

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4 years, 8 months ago at Jun 2 8:56
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When speaking of the great old time directors Billy Wilder is often one of the first names thrown out there. After all, he created some of the most famous and most widely renowned films of Hollywood's bygone era - from Some Like it Hot, to Double Indemnity and, even, to something like The Apartment. Rarely mentioned among those classics is the 1951 drama Ace in the Hole.

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ACE IN THE HOLE

6 years, 6 months ago at Jul 27 8:07
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This is one of my favourite Billy Wilder movies. Kirk Douglas was superb as cynical newspaper reporter Chuck Tatum and Jan Sterling was just magnificent as unfaithful wife Lorraine Minosa. The impressive supporting cast includes Ray Teal, Porter Hall, Bob Arthur and Richard Benedict. Charles "Chuck" Tatum (Kirk Douglas) is a down on his luck unscrupulous New York reporter fired from various papers... read more
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Description: Charles Tatum, a down-on-his-luck reporter, takes a job with a small New Mexico newspaper. The job is pretty boring until he finds a man trapped in a mine. He jumps at the chance to make a name for himself by taking over and prolonging the rescue effort, and feeding stories to major newspapers. He creates a national media sensation an ... (more)
Release date: 29 June 1951
1950s (12), Film Noir (11), Drama (10), 1951 (9), Journalism (8), Classic (7), Infidelity (7), Kirk Douglas (7), Satire (7), Usa (6), New York City (4), Sheriff (4), 50's (4), Reporter (3), Breathing (3), Newspaper (2), Jan Sterling (2), Kneeling (2), Shale (2), Media Manipulation (2)
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