The Big Guy

The Big Guy is a 1939 American drama crime film directed by Arthur Lubin starring Victor McLaglen and Jackie Cooper.[1][2]

The Big Guy
Directed byArthur Lubin
Produced byBurt Kelly
Written byLester Cole
StarringVictor McLaglen
Jackie Cooper
Music byHans J. Salter
Frank Skinner
CinematographyElwood Bredell
Edited byPhilip Cahn
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • December 22, 1939 (1939-12-22) (United States)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States


A prison warden (Victor McLaglen) can either keep loot for his family or save an innocent youth (Jackie Cooper) condemned to die.



Universal had been looking for a project to team Victor McLaglen and Jackie Cooper for some months. This was the script chosen. It was originally called No Power On Earth and it was announced in September 1939.[3][4]

Filming started in October 1939 and ended in November.[5] Lubin's work on the film got him the job of Black Friday which started shooting in December.[6]


  1. 'The big guy'. (1940, Feb 23). The Christian Science Monitor
  2. Vagg, Stephen (14 September 2019). "The Cinema of Arthur Lubin". Diabolique Magazine.
  3. DRAMA: Dramatic Subject to Star McLaglen, Cooper Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times26 Sep 1939: A17.
  4. SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD New York Times 26 Sep 1939: 29
  5. DRAMA: Taylor Gets Plum Role of Alexander Hamilton Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 15 Nov 1939: A12.
  6. DRAMA: Orson Welles to Star in 'Smiler With Knife' Los Angeles Times 14 Dec 1939: 13.

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