Title: Ace in the Hole
Director: Billy Wilder
Writers: Billy Wilder, Lesser Samuels & Walter Newman
Starring: Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur, Porter Hall, Frank Cady, Richard Benedict, Ray Teal
Music: Hugo Friedhofer
Distinctions: Oscar Nomination for Best Story and Screenplay; formerly on IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: a formerly successful newspaper writer arranges for a disaster to be prolonged so he can have the exclusive story
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), June 2008
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great).
Objective Rating: 7/10 (points off for dialog, cinematography and music) c. 3.0/4 (Good).
Good movie. Probably one of the earliest (at least the earliest I’ve seen) dramedy movies. The synopsis doesn’t sound like a great concept in writing, but trust me, it is.