The Big Knife
In this Hollywood critique, an actor (Jack Palance) clashes with his scheming studio boss (Rod Steiger).
Dir Robert Aldrich
With Ida Lupino, Jack Palance, Shelley Winters, Rod Steiger
Based on a play by Clifford Odets, this is one of Hollywood’s most savagely critical self-portraits, as it chronicles the clash between an actor (Palance) reluctant to renew his contract, and his scheming studio boss (Steiger); Lupino plays the actor’s idealistic but disenchanted wife. The excellent cast works wonders, while Aldrich, clearly in his element, keeps things engagingly nasty throughout.