Big Jack (film)

Big Jack is a 1949 American Western film starring Wallace Beery, Richard Conte and Marjorie Main. The movie was directed by Richard Thorpe, and the screenplay was written by Gene Fowler and Otto Eis from the novel by Robert Thoeren. The picture is a comedy-drama, set on the American frontier in the early 1800s, about outlaws who befriend a young doctor in legal trouble for acquiring corpses for anatomical research.

Big Jack
Directed byRichard Thorpe
Produced byGottfried Reinhardt
Written byRobert Thoeren (novel)
Gene Fowler
Otto Eis
StarringWallace Beery
Richard Conte
Marjorie Main
Edward Arnold
Music byHerbert Stothart
CinematographyRobert Surtees
Edited byGeorge Boemler
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • April 12, 1949 (1949-04-12)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$915,000[1]

This was Wallace Beery's final film, believed to be his 230th. He died on April 15, 1949 at age 64, three days after this movie's release.



According to MGM records the film earned $759,000 in the US and Canada and $156,000 elsewhere, resulting in a $291,000 loss.[1]


  1. The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.

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