Feels like a Fellini film. Unlike the handmade "Tell the Truth" signs, getting ahead in American society means learning to manipulate the truth to suit whatever capitalist venture you are in. Kirk Douglas' demise shows what happens when you get too good at manipulation: you lose sight of the sanctity of life. Jan Sterling is perfectly cast as Leo's wife--lying with her hair color to try to be an upscale glamour girl.
An excellent satire from Billy Wilder to the dirty side of journalism. Chuck Tatum is a potrait of human who would do anything to get what he want, one way or another. He didn't care his work is disgraceful, vile, or dirty and didn't care about other people's feeling. Kirk Douglas succeed to deliver a "SUPER-SAIYAN ACTING" performance in this movie. ABSOLUTELY CLASSIC!
'Ace In The Hole' is a scorching criticism of the media, its ability to turn any given situation into a circus, its complete disregard for humanity and its internals who are hungry for a break and will cross and boundary to get it. Although some view it as heavy handed, this film is a brutally raw look at only the most severe of given situations, which is actually based on true events. A lighter handed scenario...↓
Ethics vs. circulation remains one of the key tensions in reporting and journalism. Kirk Douglas epitomizes the vulture-like, opportunistic glee of a hard-on-his-luck reporter, who finds a potential tragedy worthy of a front page spread. This paradoxically counts as a good day at the office. In a world where bad news for the world, is good news for the news industry, is as universal today as it was in the 1950s.