Lee Marvin kinda looks like if you stretched Jim Jarmusch out a bit. That’s my excuse for this title. Anyway, he stars as one of the bad guys in Fritz Lang’s 1953 noir The Big Heat. Glenn Ford plays the main character, a cop who picks up on an apparent suicide case that has more than meets the eye. His Sergeant Bannion isn’t too bothered at first, after all the suicide was proven to be one. But trouble has a way of finding him and he gets way more than he bargained for.

It’s really quick and pacy, only 90 minutes long including the opening titles. There’s not much time wasted. You get straight into things and it hooks you into the suspense right away. Especially with the teasing scenes of Bannion’s perfect family life where he shares beer and steak with his wife or builds blocks with his daughter. Shit don’t last.

The scene below has a famous scene where Lee Marvin pours hot coffee on Gloria Grahame’s face.

You really appreciate how Lang ties up everything with minor details like the ownership of a pistol or confirming that an eyewitness can finger a crim. There’s like no holes at all.

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