The Big Knife: Read, Watch, Drink

Posted on: April 9th, 2013 by Roundabout

Immerse yourself in the world of The Big Knife with our recommended reading, watching and drinking lists!

What to Read

The Noir Forties: The American People from Victory to Cold War by Richard Lingeman

A vivid re-examination of America’s postwar period, that “age of anxiety” characterized by the dissipation of victory dreams, the onset of the Red Scare, and a nascent resistance to the growing Cold War consensus.

The Time is Ripe: The 1940 Journal of Clifford Odets by Clifford Odets

This one-year diary offers insight into Clifford Odets: his ego, his seriousness about art and politics, his appetites for women, conversation and food, his love of Beethoven and other classical music, his coping with his first flop on Broadway and his interactions with Hollywood.

What to Watch

Sweet Smell of Success

The film tells the story of powerful newspaper columnist J.J. Hunsecker who uses his connections to ruin his sister's relationship with a man he deems inappropriate. Co-written by Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman.

Tony Curtis as Sidney Falco and Burt Lancaster as J. J. Hunsecker in the famous 21 Club Scene.

Out of the Past

A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames.

The Petrified Forest

A waitress, a hobo and a bank robber get mixed up at a lonely diner in the desert. Watch the trailer of the 1936 film that starred Leslie Howard, Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart.

Angels with Dirty Faces

A priest tries to stop a gangster from corrupting a group of street kids.

James Cagney as "Rocky" Sullivan. Image from Warner Bros. Studio

The Roaring Twenties

Three men attempt to make a living in Prohibitionist America after returning home from fighting together in World War I.

The Maltese Falcon

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette. 

Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon.

Double Indemnity

An insurance rep lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions.

Barbara Stanwyck & Fred MacMurray.

What to Drink

Studio Sidecar
Whiskey, triple sec, fresh lemon and lime

Movie-Land Mule
Vodka, ginger beer, fresh lime and mint

Castle Cocktail
Prosecco, brandy, sugar cube and spiced cherry bitters

These show cocktails and small plates are available before the show or by pre-ordering for intermission in American Airlines Theatre Penthouse Lounge and concessions bar in the ground floor lobby.

The Big Knife plays March 22 through June 2 at the American Airlines Theatre. For more information and tickets please visit our website.

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2012-2013 Season, The Big Knife

  1. Linda Alago

    April 9, 2013

    Sounds Delish, I will have one of each…. I will be seeing the The Big Knife in two weeks, I can’t wait… I respect an actor that worked his/her butt off to stay a working actor and that to me is how I see Bobby C…

  2. annette karan

    April 18, 2013

    Just saw The Big Knife. I adored Bobby Cannavale in the role and Richard Kind was also riveting. What a wonderful performance.



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