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Big Jack (1949)

Approved | | Adventure, Western | 12 April 1949 (USA)
An outlaw finds a place in his gang for a grave-robbing doctor.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Marvin Borowsky, Otto Eis (as Osso Van Eyss) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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. Petronius Smith
Charles Dingle ... Mathias Taylor
Clem Bevans ... Saltlick Joe
Jack Lambert ... Bud Valentine
Will Wright ... Will Farnsworth
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Toddy (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)
Syd Saylor ... Pokey
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An outlaw finds a place in his gang for a grave-robbing doctor.

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Meet Big Jack and his Jill! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great Harp See more »

Filming Locations:

Maryland, USA See more »

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Budget:

$869,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Last of six film pairings of Wallace Beery and Marjorie Main from 1941 to 1949. See more »

Quotes

Big Jack Horner: Put that thing away. No nice lady smokes a pipe on sunday.
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W Beery's last film.
10 March 2015 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Big Jack starts off in 1802, with a man (Richard Conte) about to be hanged in Maryland. Marjorie Main is Flapjack Kate. The larger than life actor Wallace Beery is "Big Jack" (Big Jack Horner... not Little Jack Horner). Jack is sick. Conte is Meade, the new doc, who heals him up, and has to decide if he will join the gang, which Jack leads. Jack even brings back a girl for Meade. Good stuff happens. Bad stuff happens. Lots of lessons learned. Beery plays it WAY over the top, while Conte plays it pretty straight. Its a strange combination of an old western, humor, with a sort of "history of medicine" story worked in. Oddly, it works out quite well. Lots of fun banter between Beery and Main. Last film Beery made. Well worth the time.

I'm surprised that it only is rated 6.5 as of today. Now that TCM shows it, I would expect more people to see and rate it. Directed by Richard Thorpe. Story by Robert Thoeren, who was born (and died) in Europe.


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