The Great Flamarion

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The Great Flamarion
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Anthony Mann
Produced by W. Lee Wilder
Screenplay by Heinz Herald
Richard Weil
Anne Wigton
Based on the short-story "Big Shot"
by Vicki Baum
Anne Wigton
Starring Erich von Stroheim
Mary Beth Hughes
Music by Alexander Laszlo
Cinematography James S. Brown, Jr.
Edited by John F. Link, Sr.
W. Lee Wilder Productions
Distributed by Republic Pictures
Release date
  • January 14, 1945 (1945-01-14) (New York City)
  • March 30, 1945 (1945-03-30) (United States)
Running time
78 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Great Flamarion is a 1945 film noir mystery film directed by Anthony Mann starring Erich von Stroheim and Mary Beth Hughes. The film, like many films noir, is shot in flashback narrative. The film was produced by Republic Pictures.[1]

This film is now in the public domain.


Mary Beth Hughes as Connie Wallace

The film opens following a murder at a cabaret in Mexico City in 1936, and then presents the events leading up to it in flashback. The Great Flamarion (Erich von Stroheim) is an arrogant, friendless, and misogynous marksman who displays his trick gunshot act in the vaudeville circuit. His show features a beautiful assistant, Connie (Mary Beth Hughes) and her drunken husband Al (Dan Duryea), Flamarion's other assistant. Flamarion falls in love with Connie, the movie's femme fatale, and is soon manipulated by her into killing her no good husband during one of their acts.

After Al's supposed accidental death, Connie convinces Flamarion to wait three months before the two can marry and flees back to Minnesota. Meanwhile, Connie has already begun a relationship with another performer, Eddie (Stephen Barclay). After failing to show up at an arranged meeting place three months later, Flamarion goes into a downward spiral of drinking and gambling. Flamarion eventually finds Connie who informs him that she never loved him and used him to get rid of her husband.


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