Sunday, May 31, 2009
Ace in the Hole (1951), Billy Wilder.
Slick NYC reporter Kirk Douglas barrels into an Albuquerque newspaper office and demands to be hired. In search of a yarn, he stumbles on the news that a local man has been trapped in a caved-in pueblo and manipulates the circumstances to draw the story out as long as possible to burnish his reputation as a journalist with a nose for a good human interest story. Classic Kirk Douglas manliness all over the place including shirtlessness, hair-grabbing, drink-throwing and consternation at the sight of tacos. There's not too many stories about the integrity of journalism these days but like cop stories they are almost always interesting. I am highly suspicious of the idea that rattlesnakes enjoy bubblegum with the wrapper still on.