The Big Clock

Synopsis: When powerful publishing tycoon Earl Janoth commits an act of murder at the height of passion, he cleverly begins to cover his tracks and frame an innocent man whose identity he doesn't know but who just happens to have contact with the murder victim. That man is a close associate on his magazine whom he enlists to trap this "killer" - George Stroud. It's up to George to continue to "help" Janoth, to elude the police and to find proof of his innocence and Janoth's guilt.
Director(s): John Farrow
Production: Paramount Pictures
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

Go on, Roy. Go on. Hello?

Oh, hello, darling.



No bath and no oatmeal?

Let me talk to him.

All right,

but he doesn't

believe he's going.

He thinks it's

just like last trip

and the time before...

and all the other trips

we didn't go on.

I'll let you talk to him.

George, Daddy wants

to talk to you.

Hello, Daddy.

But I don't believe

we're going.

But this is the McCoy,

an expedition. Your mother's

gonna do the cooking.

What? Yeah,

I know it's tough,

but you'll do the hunting.

That's why you should

eat your oatmeal,

build up your strength.

Ya better believe me.

Look under my pillow.

Oh, boy! Look, Mommy!

An atomic disintegrator!

I think you've

sold him, Wonderman.

I'll let you know at lunch.

A little child psychology,


All right, dear,

Bye, darling.

Today's agenda

is solely on the subject

of increasing circulation.

The figures

for the second quarter

have fallen off badly.

From a monthly high

of 33 million in January,

we've had

a six-percent recession,

a loss of almost

In some cases, we are below

the circulation levels we have

guaranteed our advertisers.

Mr. Janoth's very upset.

He's going to want ideas.

Sit down, gentlemen.

Sit down.

I resent this.

I resent this deeply.

There are

in the average man's life,

each tick of the clock

the beat of a heart,

and yet you sit here

uselessly ticking

your lives away...

because certain members

are not on schedule.

Where is George Stroud?

Roy's trying

to find him.

I do not propose

to be held up,

not even by Mr. Stroud.

Have you told the others

what we want?

Ideas to build circulation.

Not just ideas.

Dynamic angles.

We live in a dynamic age

with dynamic competitors...

radio, newspapers, newsreels...

and we must anticipate trends

before they are trends.

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Jonathan Latimer

Jonathan Wyatt Latimer (October 23, 1906 – June 23, 1983) was an American crime writer noted for his novels and screenplays. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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