The Big Clock 05/11/19

Arrow Academy

Clever plotting goes into overdrive for this light-comedy proto-paranoid film noir about a magazine publishing empire so organized that it seems a sci-fi invention from the future. Ray Milland’s charismatic fall guy finds himself embroiled in a murder plot filled with false identities, and a manhunt that he must supervise… to catch himself. Maybe Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale watched this from their cribs, and applied its chaotic symmetry to their pretzel-plotted comedies!  Charles Laughton’s performance is priceless, as are the contributions of Maureen O’Sullivan, George Macready, Rita Johnson and the hilarious Elsa Lanchester. On Blu-ray from Arrow Academy.