Here’s another highly regarded film noir, a phrase that matches several of the movies in the Internet Archive Top 100. John Alton’s stylish cinematography and David Raksin’s jazz horns almost overwhelm director Joseph Lewis’s work.
The Big Combo stars Cornel Wilde, Richard Conte and Brian Donlevy, as well as Jean Wallace, who was Wilde’s wife at the time. Wilde plays a police lieutenant on a personal crusade to bring down a sadistic gangster, eventually working on the gangster’s girlfriend. The last scene shows the silhouetted figures of Wilde and Wallace in fog, considered to be one of the iconic images of film noir.