The Big Knife

Play - Original

National Theatre

  • First Preview:
  • Opening Date: February 24, 1949
  • Closing Date: May 28, 1949
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 109

Playwright: Clifford Odets


A movie studio uses blackmail and other dastardly actions to keep its latest star under long-term contract, though he would rather get out of town.


Opening Night Cast

John Garfield Charlie Castle
Nancy Kelly Marion Castle
J. Edward Bromberg Marcus Hoff
Paul McGrath Smiley Coy
Reinhold Schünzel Nat Danziger
Joan McCracken Dixie Evans
Ted Newton Hank Teagle
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Opening Night Production Credits

Clifford Odets Clifford Odets Playwright
Lee Strasberg Lee Strasberg Director
  Howard Bay Scenic Design
  Lucille Little Costume Design
  Forrest C. Haring Business Manager
  John H. Del Bondio Business Manager
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