Replete with a script full of colorful noir lingo, The Big Combo (1955) pits sadistic underworld boss Richard Conte against policeman Cornel Wilde for the favors of fair damsel Jean Wallace. Brian Donlevy plays Wilde's top henchman.
"Wilde's muscular campaign to get the goods on his mortal enemy fans out over some picturesque people and territory.... As Mr. Conte's sideline scapegoats, Helen Walker, John Hoyt, Ted De Corsia and Helene Stanton are dandy."—NYTimes
"Low-key photography by John Alton and a noisy, jazzy score by David Raksin [with solo piano by Jacob Gimpel] are in keeping with the film's tough mood."—Variety