Cinema: The New Pictures, Jul. 9, 1951

Ace in the Hole (Paramount), Producer-Director Billy Wilder's first movie since Sunset Boulevard, gleefully dissects human beings at their worst. The picture is clever, original, technically expert, and carries an occasional sharp sting of truth. But it runs a good idea into the ground and leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

The story's Wilder-style "hero" is an unscrupulous reporter (Kirk Douglas) who has been broken from big-city dailies to a job covering the humdrum local news of Albuquerque. Hungering for a break that will send him back to the big time, he stumbles...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!