The Big Night (1960 film)

The Big Night is a 1960 American drama film directed by Sidney Salkow and written by Ric Hardman. The film stars Randy Sparks, Venetia Stevenson, Dick Foran, Jesse White, Dick Contino and Frank Ferguson. The film was released on February 17, 1960, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]

The Big Night
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySidney Salkow
Produced byVern Alves
Philip May
Screenplay byRic Hardman
StarringRandy Sparks
Venetia Stevenson
Dick Foran
Jesse White
Dick Contino
Frank Ferguson
Music byRichard LaSalle
CinematographyWilliam P. Whitley
Edited byDwight Caldwell
Maycliff Productions
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • February 17, 1960 (1960-02-17)
Running time
74 minutes
CountryUnited States


Police kill two fleeing criminals while a third escapes. A briefcase tossed from their car's window into a canal is recovered by a young man, Frankie, who discovers it includes the loot from a bank robbery: $209,000.

Frankie confides in girlfriend Ellie, whose mother has expressed worry about her dating a young hoodlum. Ellie can't persuade Frankie to do the honest thing and return the money, which he hides. Carl Farrow, the remaining bank robber, begins trying to find out who's got it, as does Wegg, a corrupt cop.

Following the boy, Wegg tries to cut himself in on a deal with Farrow, who instead slugs him and leaves him in the canal, dead. Frightened after finding the body, Frankie decides to turn himself and the case in to the police. Farrow comes gunning for him but Frankie survives, then hopes for leniency from the law.



  1. "The Big Night (1960) - Overview". 1960-02-17. Retrieved 2015-08-05.
  2. Eugene Archer. (1960-02-18). "Movie Review - The Big Night - Screen: 'Jack the Ripper':Murder Story on Bill With 'The Big Night'". Retrieved 2015-08-05.
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