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...

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