The Big Knife

The Big Knife

DVD - 2002
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"Hollywood superstar Charlie Castle has it all ... except a way out. When he tries to leave show business, his tyrannical studio boss Stanley Hoff blackmails him with a lethal, covered-up secret that could land him in jail. A loose-lipped starlet also knows too much, and when she starts talking, Hoff plans murder."--Container.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, ©2002
ISBN: 9780792853688
Branch Call Number: DVD ADULT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (114 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in


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May 05, 2014

Host Robert Osborne of TCM had interviewed Rod Steiger in regards to the following about Rod. Paraphrastic speaking, Rod who portrayed Hoff, heard Charlie, portrayed by Jack Palance, coming up behind him and Charlie caught up with Hoff and grabbed him and turned Hoff around. Rod had crossed his arms and hands in front of his chest and neck and he lowered his head, with tightly closed eyes, into his crossed arms and hands with hunched shoulders and clenched fists in a very extremely tight protected stance, during which time Jack was continuing stating his lines. When Rod was in the process of doing that scene, he was definitely NOT acting but instead, he was for real actually scared, literally speaking. Paraphrastic speaking, Jack and Shelley Winters was doing a strangulation scene when Charlie was killing Shelley's character to stop her from talking about Charlie's secret, doing which time Jack was in character so much so that he was going over board and in so doing he was actually for real strangling Shelley, literally speaking. Anthony Franciosa, Shelley's husband at the time, was on the sideline of the set, knew that Jack was actually going too far, because he could tell that the scene was going wrong and that Shelley was literally, for real, losing consciousness and that she was in the process of being literally killed by Jack. Tony stopped the scene by hitting Jack in order to save Shelley's life, literally speaking. Due to being thoroughly in character, Jack did not know, nor realized, that he was for real, literally killing Shelley. Jack had immediately came out of character when Tony was hitting him in order break up the scene so Shelley would not accidently die in a scene on a movie set. Jack did apologize for what he was accidentally doing to Shelly. This scene is not in the movie. Shelley, herself, told what happened regarding this scene when she was a guest on a late night talk show. The behind-the-scenes movie, regarding the private life of Charlie, was interesting in reference to the acting profession.


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