Movies From the Hat V #21 – Tom E.’s Pick – Ace in the Hole (1951)

This is my 2970th Review

Thanks to Tom of Plain Simple Tom Reviews for this recommendation.


“Bad news sells best. Cause good news is no news” – Tatum

Number of Times Seen – 2 (Cable in the 90’s and 21 Mar 2017)

Brief Synopsis – An exiled reporter stuck in New Mexico finds a great human interest story and decides to ‘milk it for all its worth’.

My Take on it – Billy Wilder was always a great writer and director and even smaller known films f his took on great ideas and expanded on them really well.

This film is no exception to that rule.

We all know how much time (and money) people nowadays are willing to shell out to see events that are considered sensationalistic at best.

Some of the highest rated TV shows are Reality shows where we get to watch real events as they happen.

Eventhough this film was made 66 years ago, it shows that nothing has really changed since then and people back then (and now) are basically the same when it comes to the yearning to watch things unfold live.

The characters in this film are great at devising ways to make more money over the events in order to fill their own pockets, no matter the cost to others.

The event used here is an ingenious one and make sthings seem quite realistic.

Wat this film ultimately shows is that despite time moving on, people are always the same.

Bottom Line – Great film that was way ahead of its time because it shows how people have always been drawn to sensationalistic news stories. The way that the characters devise ingenious attractions and other events in order to squeeze s much out the event as possible is both great to see and also reprehensible.  Wilder created a great event to have this story revolve around and it is just as thrilling to watch it now as it must have been back then because society’s thirst for watching reality TV (or newspaper) hasn’t ever changed. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When the film was released, it got bad reviews and lost money. The studio, without Billy Wilder’s permission, changed the title to “The Big Carnival” to increase the box office take of the film. It didn’t work. On top of that, Wilder’s next picture, Stalag 17 (1953), was a hit and he expected a share of the picture’s profits. Paramount accountants told him that since this picture lost money, the money it lost would be subtracted from the profits of “Stalag 17”. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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