Big Jack

Big Jack

Wallace Beery
Director: Richard Thorpe Cast: Wallace Beery
Wallace Beery
, Richard Conte
Richard Conte
, Marjorie Main
Marjorie Main
Richard Thorpe

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Wallace Beery's final film was the curiously endearing "black comedy" Big Jack. Set in 1820, a time when "science was a crime and crime not yet a science," the film casts Beery and Marjorie Main as outlaws Big Jack Horner and Flapjack Kate. The two bandits rescue visionary young doctor Alexander Meade (Richard Conte), who is about to be hanged for body-snatching. Meade is a tireless campaigner for modern surgical methods, thus he is forced to steal cadavers for his experiments. Big Jack is only interested in having the doc operate on his injured leg, but pretty soon he too is captivated by Meade's idealism. The film's many subplots all come to a head when Meade must prove his surgical theories by performing a delicate operation. Throughout, the film displays a cheerful disregard for the "dignity" of the deceased. One lengthy sequence finds an unbilled Andy Clyde buried alive after being declared legally dead; he laughs uproariously about the misunderstanding, then promptly drinks himself to death! The punchline to this scene occurs when Clyde's widow finds his remains evenly distributed in several mason jars, whereupon she remarks, "Oh, paw, now they've gone and bottled ya!" Vanessa Brown provides the requisite love interest.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/28/2015
UPC: 0888574284985
Original Release: 1949
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:25:00
Sales rank: 44,044

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wallace Beery Big Jack Horner
Richard Conte Dr. Alexander Meade
Marjorie Main Flapjack Kate
Edward Arnold Mayor Mahoney
Vanessa Brown Patricia Mahoney
Clinton Sundberg C. Patronius Smith
Charles Dingle Mathias Taylor
Clem Bevans Saltlick Joe
Will Wright Will Farnsworth
Sid Saylor Pokey
Jack Lambert Bud Valentine
William "Bill" Phillips Toddy

Technical Credits
Richard Thorpe Director
George Boemler Editor
Marvin Borowsky Screenwriter
Gene Fowler Screenwriter
Gottfried Reinhardt Producer
Herbert Stothart Score Composer
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
Robert Thoeren Screenwriter
Otto Van Eyes Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Big Jack
1. Chapter 1 [9:05]
2. Chapter 2 [8:04]
3. Chapter 3 [6:31]
4. Chapter 4 [8:17]
5. Chapter 5 [9:17]
6. Chapter 6 [8:05]
7. Chapter 7 [7:06]
8. Chapter 8 [6:51]
9. Chapter 9 [9:22]
10. Chapter 10 [7:18]
11. Chapter 11 [4:56]

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