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

We are, in effect,

clairvoyants. Correct?

Yes, Mr. Janoth.

I have provided the tools:

a budget of $37 million,

a staff of 3,600,

bureaus from Reykjavik

to Cairo, Moscow

to Buenos Aires.

All this is waste, sheer

waste under a leadership

of chuckleheads.

Mr. Roberts, you have

exactly one minute to tell us

how you propose...

to add 100,000

subscriptions to Newsways.

Well, uh, I suggest

that we offer prizes...

for the best letters

from subscribers...

on, uh, how to preserve

world peace.

Sorry, Mr. Janoth.

A thousand dollars

each week...

and a grand prize

of $25,000

to be awarded...

The general theory

of the publishing business

is to sell magazines,

not to pay people

to read them.

Mr. Cordette is acting manager

during Stroud's vacation.

You have one minute to tell us

your ideas on how to add

Well, uh, I have

one suggestion

that might be of value:

a new feature to be called

"Solution of the Week."

Miss Perkins.

Yes, Mr. Janoth?

I'm listening, Cordette.

Hold the Boston call.

The most important...

or the most unique solution,

Steve, remind me

of the Boston business.

highlighting the fact

that crime does not pay.

It's educational...

Primigenous, stale,

a hash-up

of last week's news...

exactly what we don't want.


What was that,

uh, Stroud?

I was reminding him of Fleming.

The absconder?

Yes. His story will sell

a hundred thousand

extra copies next week.

If you mean his personal

story, I'd agree,

but haven't you overlooked

the necessity of finding him?

We have.

Found him.

Have what?

We have him in Salt Lake.

We're replating one and two.

It's too late to touch

the cover, but we'll run...

a paper band around every

copy with "Fleming Found"

in block letters.

Make them red.

Steve, advertise this

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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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