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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
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9 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

11 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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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 and milks it for all it is worth.
Release date: 4 July 1951
Tags: Drama (10), Film Noir (10), 1950s (10), Journalism (8), 1951 (8), Satire (7), Classic (7), Infidelity (7), Kirk Douglas (7), New York City (4), Sheriff (4), 50's (4), Usa (3), Reporter (3), Breathing (3), 1950's (2), Billy Wilder (2), Newspaper (2), Media Circus (2), Typewriter (2)
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