The Big Clock is a 1948 film noir thriller directed by John Farrow, adapted by renowned novelist-screenwriter Jonathan Latimer from the novel of the same name by Kenneth Fearing.
The black-and-white film is set in New York City and stars Ray Milland and Maureen O'Sullivan. Real-life married couple Elsa Lanchester and Charles Laughton appear in the film, as does Harry Morgan, in an early film role, as a hired thug. Noel Neill (Lois Lane in the second to sixth seasons of Adventures of Superman) has an uncredited part as an elevator operator very early in the film.
The story is told in flashback. When it begins, George Stroud (Ray Milland), editor-in-chief of Crimeways magazine, is shown hiding from building security behind the "big clock" ― the largest and most sophisticated one ever built, which dominates the lobby of the giant publishing company where he works, Janoth Publications in New York City.
Stroud is eager to spend more time with his wife (Maureen O'Sullivan) and plans a long...