Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Big Combo

The enduring excellence of The Big Comboproves that a movie does not have to be 7 hours long to tell a good story or pack a punch. It’s one of the best film noirs (films noir?) of all-time and clocks in at a breathtaking 83 minutes. It features a cast and crew of noir all-stars from director Joseph H. Lewis to composer David Raksin to cinematographer John Alton to stars Cornel Wilde and Richard Conte. It’s one of Quentin Tarantino’s favorite films and he pays tribute to The Big Combo in several ways in Reservoir Dogs. Here’s my little pulpy fictiony tribute:


Here’s the whole darn flick for your streaming enjoyment: