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Title Ace in the hole / a Paramount picture ; written by Billy Wilder, Lesser Samuels, Walter Newman ; produced and directed by Billy Wilder.

Published [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, [2007]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank High Use  DVD 2029  3 HR LOAN  AVAILABLE
Edition Special ed.; Standard format (1.33:1)
Physical description 2 videodiscs (111 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. t 1 folded sheet ([4] pages : illustrations ; 36 cm.)
monochrome rdacc
Series Criterion collection ; 396.
Criterion collection.
Credits Director of photography, Charles B. Lang, Jr.; editing, Arthur Schmidt ; music, Hugo Friedhofer.
Notes Originally produced as a motion picture in 1951.
Special features (disc 1) : optional audio commentary by film scholar Neil Sinyard ; Theatrical trailer (2 min.).
Special features (disc 2) : "Portrait of a 60% perfect man", featurette (includes in-depth interviews with Wilder by film critic Michel Ciment (60 min.)) ; excerpts from a 1986 appearance by Wilder at the American Film Institute (24 min.); a 1984 interview with Douglas by Michael Thomas (14 min.); excerpts from a 1970 audio interview with co-scriptwriter Newman (10 min.); new video afterword by filmmaker Spike Lee (6 min.); gallery of production stills and behind-the-scenes photos.
Program notes on container insert include an essay "Noir in broad daylight" by writer and film critic Molly Haskell, and an essay "Chin up for mother" on actor Kirk Douglas by director Guy Maddin.
Performers Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Bob Arthur, Porter Hall, Frank Cady, Richard Benedict, Ray Teal, Frank Jaquet.
Summary An early look at the impact of mass media in the public arena, featuring the story of a cynical and manipulative journalist.
System notes DVD, region 1, NTSC, 1.33:1 aspect ratio, Dolby digital mono.
Language notes Closed-captioned.
Notes National Board of Review Award for Best Actress (Sterling).
Other author Wilder, Billy, 1906-2002.
Douglas, Kirk, 1916-
Sterling, Jan, 1923-2004.
Arthur, Robert, 1925-2008.
Hall, Porter, 1888-1953.
Cady, Frank, 1915-2012.
Benedict, Richard, 1916-1984.
Teal, Ray, 1902-1976.
Jaquet, Frank, 1885-1958.
Tresgot, Annie.
Haskell, Molly.
Maddin, Guy, 1956-
Paramount Pictures Corporation.
Criterion Collection (Firm)
Subject Press -- Drama.
Situation ethics -- Drama.
Mine accidents -- Drama.
Mass media -- Drama.
Feature films.
Thrillers (Motion pictures, television, etc.)
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Variant Title Disc label title: Billy Wilder's Ace in the hole.
Other title Portrait of a 60% perfect man.
Noir in broad daylight.
Chin up for mother.
Standard Number 715515024723
ISBN 1934121681
Publisher Number CC1705D Criterion Collection.