The Big Heat 1953

Told to cease his investigations into the mysterious death of a fellow (but corrupt) cop, policeman Glenn Ford resigns from the force when his wife is killed by the bomb intended for him, and doggedly goes on digging into the dirt of the underworld, eventually with big results. 1

Books with substantial mentioning of The Big Heat
David Thomson
Have you seen?, A personal introduction to 1,000 films
New York, 2008

Geoff Mayer and Brian McDonnell
Encyclopedia of Film Noir
Westport, Connecticut/London, 2007

Lloyd Hughes
The Rough Guide to Gangster Movies
London, 2005

Tom Pendergast, Sara Pendergast (eds.)
International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, 1. Films
Detroit/New York/San Francisco/London/Boston/Woodbridge, CT, 2000

Jonathan Munby
Public Enemies, Public Heroes, Screening the Gangster from Little Caesar to Touch of Evil
Chicago and London, 1999

Danny Peary
Alternate Oscars, One Critic's Defiant Choices for Best Picture, Actor, and Actress - From 1927 to the Present
New York, 1993

Colin McArthur
The big heat
London, 1992

James Robert Parish
The Great Cop Pictures
Metuchen, N.J., & London, 1990

Peter Biskind
Seeing Is Believing, How Hollywood Taught Us to Stop Worrying and Love the Fifties
New York, 1983

Douglas Brode
The Films of the Fifties
Secaucus, NJ, 1976
Books with an entry on The Big Heat
Michael F. Keaney
Film Noir Guide, 745 Films of the Classic Era, 1940-1959
Jefferson, North Carolina, and London, 2003

Alan G. Fetrow
Feature Films, 1950 - 1959, a United States Filmography
Jefferson, NC, 1999
Articles with substantial mentioning of The Big Heat
Alain Silver and Robert Porfirio, Fritz Lang (1890-1976), in: Robert Porfirio, Alain Silver and James Ursini (eds.), Film noir reader 3, New York, 2002
Author:Alain Silver and Robert Porfirio
Linked author:
Title:Fritz Lang (1890-1976)
in:Robert Porfirio, Alain Silver and James Ursini (eds.), Film noir reader 3, New York, 2002
Illustrations:  yes
Interview with: Fritz Lang

The Big Heat
United States 1953

Directed by

Jocelyn Brando
Jeanette Nolan
Peter Whitney
Adam Williams
Howard Wendell
Carolyn Jones
Harry Lauter
Celia Lovsky
Phil Arnold
John Merton
Paul Maxey


Running time:90 minutes
Country:United States

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