THE BIG COMBO (1955)
Police Lt. Diamond is told to close his surveillance of suspected mob boss Mr. Brown because it’s costing the department too much money with no results. Diamond makes one last attempt to uncover evidence against Brown by going to Brown’s girlfriend, Susan Lowell. Jack Palance was originally hired for the role of “Mr. Brown”, but after clashing with the producers, he left the production. Before leaving he recommended they hire Richard Conte to replace him, which they did.
They pushed the envelop toward violence and the body count about 6 as I recalled. 3 of the characters are based on true life. It brought the story some realism to it. It is a crime melodrama film , film noir has been around since at least the 30’s and this one is of the best yet. Nice cinematography, as wells the camera work. I love those shady characters in the the film noir specially those from the 30’s to 50’s. Ponding jazz score works well wi the is film. You will definitely enjoy this one.