“The Big Combo” is a classic film noir released in 1955. The film is directed by Joseph H. Lewis and stars Cornel Wilde, Richard Conte, and Jean Wallace.
The story follows Police Lieutenant Leonard Diamond (Wilde), who is determined to bring down the ruthless and powerful crime boss Mr. Brown (Conte). Diamond is aided in his investigation by Susan Lowell (Wallace), a former lover of Brown’s who wants to help bring him to justice.
As Diamond delves deeper into Brown’s criminal empire, he becomes more and more obsessed with bringing him down, even if it means breaking the law himself. Brown, meanwhile, is equally determined to keep his criminal empire intact and will stop at nothing to protect his interests.
As the tension between Diamond and Brown grows, the film builds to a tense and violent climax, as Diamond finally confronts Brown in a dramatic showdown.
Overall, “The Big Combo” is a classic film noir that features strong performances from its cast and a gripping story that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. The film is notable for its stylish visuals, dark tone, and exploration of themes such as obsession, corruption, and power.
Joseph H. Lewis
Cornel Wilde, Richard Conte, Jean Wallace