Ace in the Hole (1951 film)

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Ace in the Hole is a 1951 film about when a man is trapped alive in a mine collapse, a self-interested reporter and the townspeople cynically create what we now call a "media circus".

Directed by Billy Wilder and written by Walter Newman, Lesser Samuels, and Billy Wilder.

Charles Tatum

  • Bad news sells best. Cause good news is no news.
  • How'd you like to make a thousand dollars a day, Mr. Boot? I'm a thousand-dollar-a-day newspaperman. You can have me for nothing.
  • I've done a lot of lying in my time. I've lied to men who wear belts. I've lied to men who wear suspenders. But I'd never be so stupid as to lie to a man who wears both belt and suspenders.
  • It's a good story today. Tomorrow, it'll be yesterday's news and they'll wrap a fish in it.
  • I can handle big news and little news. And if there's no news, I'll go out and bite a dog.

Lorraine Minosa

  • I've met a lot of hard-boiled eggs in my time, but you--you're twenty minutes.
  • I don't pray. Kneeling bags my nylons.


Reporter: We're all in the same boat here.
Charles Tatum: I'm in the boat. You're in the water. Now let's see how you can swim.


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