|The Big Night|
|Directed by||Sidney Salkow|
|Screenplay by||Ric Hardman|
|Produced by||Vern Alves|
|Cinematography||William P. Whitley|
|Edited by||Dwight Caldwell|
|Music by||Richard LaSalle|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
The Big Night is a 1960 American drama film directed by Sidney Salkow and written by Ric Hardman. The film stars Randy Sparks, Venetia Stevenson, Dick Foran, Jesse White, Dick Contino and Frank Ferguson. The film was released on February 17, 1960, by Paramount Pictures.
Police kill two fleeing criminals while a third escapes. A briefcase tossed from their car's window into a canal is recovered by a young man, Frankie, who discovers it includes the loot from a bank robbery: $209,000.
Frankie confides in girlfriend Ellie, whose mother has expressed worry about her dating a young hoodlum. Ellie can't persuade Frankie to do the honest thing and return the money, which he hides. Carl Farrow, the remaining bank robber, begins trying to find out who's got it, as does Wegg, a corrupt cop.
Following the boy, Wegg tries to cut himself in on a deal with Farrow, who instead slugs him and leaves him in the canal, dead. Frightened after finding the body, Frankie decides to turn himself and the case in to the police. Farrow comes gunning for him but Frankie survives, then hopes for leniency from the law.