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Ace in the Hole

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Original title
Ace in the Holeaka
AKA
  • The Big Carnival
Year
Running time
111 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Billy Wilder, Lesser Samuels, Walter Newman
Music
Hugo Friedhofer
Cinematography
Charles Lang Jr. (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
Paramount Pictures
Genre
Drama. Film noir | Journalism
Synopsis / Plot
A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to re-jump start his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus. Charles Tatum, a down-on-his-luck reporter, takes a job with a small New Mexico newspaper. The job is pretty boring until he finds a man trapped in a mine. He jumps at the chance to make a name for himself by taking over and prolonging the rescue effort, and feeding stories to major newspapers. He creates a national media sensation and milks it for all it is worth.
Awards
1951: Nominated for Oscar: Best Story and Screenplay
1951: National Board of Review: Best Actress (Sterling)
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