The Big Heat

by Fritz Lang 1h29min United States 1953
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The Big Heat
by Fritz Lang

Ruthless criminals, a dedicated honest cop, sultry women and a gripping plot...all the elements of a classic police action-drama are here in full force. Police Sergeant Bannion (Glenn Ford) is investigating the apparent suicide of a corrupt cop, then is suddenly ordered to stop and THE BIG HEAT is on. Driven to unravel the mystery, Bannion continues probing until an explosion meant for him, killshis wife. He resigns from the force and soon learns that behind it all is the powerful underworld led by Mike Lagana (Alexander Scourby) and his cold-blooded henchman, Vince Stone (Lee Marvin). When Stone's girl Debby (Gloria Grahame) makes a play for Bannion, Stone disfigures her face. In revenge,she tells all she knows. Ultimately, Bannion and Stone square off in a life-or-death confrontation.

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  • Glenn Ford : Dave Bannion
  • Gloria Grahame : Debby Marsh
  • Lee Marvin : Vince Stone
  • Jocelyn Brando : Katie Bannion
  • And with: Alexander Scourby, Jeanette Nolan, Peter Whitney, Willis Bouchey


  • Director Fritz Lang
  • Scenario Sydney Boehm
  • Original work author William P. McGivern
  • Photo director Charles Lang
  • Set Design William Kiernan
  • Costume Design Jean Louis
  • Sound George Cooper
  • Editing Charles Nelson
  • Original music Mischa Bakaleinikoff
  • Producer Robert Arthur
  • Distributor Sony Pictures

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio1,37:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1953
  • Release date for France09/11/1953
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorBlack and White
  • LanguageEnglish
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