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* BloodlessCarnage: The car explosion leaves no marks on Bannion's wife and there are no bullet wound or blood visible when [[spoiler:Debby or Mrs. Duncan are shot in the back.

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* BloodlessCarnage: The car explosion leaves no marks on Bannion's wife and there are no bullet wound or blood visible when [[spoiler:Debby Debby or Mrs. Duncan are shot in the back.


Ford is police detective Dave Bannion, who investigates the suicide of another cop, Tom Duncan. Duncan's death is in fact a suicide, but his mistress, barfly Lucy Chapman, refuses to accept this and demands that Bannion investigate. Shortly thereafter Chapman is murdered -- it turns out that Duncan was a crooked cop in deep with the local organized crime outfit, and said outfit is afraid of drawing attention from the cops. Bannion insists on investigating the Chapman murder, even when facing resistance from the police commissioner, who is in the mob's pocket. The mob retaliates by trying to kill Bannion, but they kill his wife by mistake. This turns Bannion into a OneManArmy bent on vengeance.

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Ford is police detective Dave Bannion, who investigates the suicide of another cop, Tom Duncan. Duncan's death is in fact a suicide, but his mistress, barfly Lucy Chapman, refuses to accept this and demands that Bannion investigate. Shortly thereafter Chapman is murdered -- it turns out that Duncan was a crooked cop in deep with the local organized crime outfit, and said outfit which is afraid of drawing attention from the cops. Bannion insists on investigating the Chapman murder, even when facing resistance from the police commissioner, who is in the mob's pocket. The mob retaliates by trying to kill Bannion, but they kill his wife by mistake. This turns Bannion into a OneManArmy bent on vengeance.



* BloodlessCarnage: The car explosion leaves no marks on Bannion's wife and there are no bullet wound or blood visible when Debby is shot in the back.

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* BloodlessCarnage: The car explosion leaves no marks on Bannion's wife and there are no bullet wound or blood visible when Debby is [[spoiler:Debby or Mrs. Duncan are shot in the back.



** Of course, you could also take it as Mrs. Bannion is ''deliberately'' set up to unquestionably have never been 'fair game,' making killing her [[NeverHurtAnInnocent something that is definitely breaking the standard rules of keeping 'civilians' out of it]].



* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Lagana keeps a portrait of his mother in his office and treats Bannion to a glowing monologue about what an incredible woman she was.

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* EvenBadMenHaveLovedOnes: Bannion meets Lagana on the day the gangster is hosting a party for his teenage daughter. He says he's promised to stay out of her way the whole night.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Lagana keeps a portrait of his mother in his office and treats Bannion to a glowing monologue talks respectfully about what an incredible woman her, though given that he says that she was.never got over her surprise that he became successful suggests that their relationship was rocky.



* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Duncan's suicide really was suicide, and the cops didn't have anything else on the mob. If Lagana had simply left things alone rather than ordering the murder of Lucy Chapman, nothing bad would have happened to him.
** Lagana actually points this out to Larry Gordon, the man who disposed of her in such a clumsy fashion. He also points out how idiotic it was to let Bannion's wife be the one to die in the car bomb, as it only made things personal for the detective.

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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Duncan's suicide really was suicide, and the cops didn't have anything else on the mob. If Lagana had simply left things alone rather than ordering the murder of Lucy Chapman, nothing bad would have happened to him.
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him. Lagana actually points this out to Larry Gordon, the man who disposed of her in such a clumsy fashion. He also points out how idiotic it was to let Bannion's wife be the one to die in the car bomb, as it only made things personal for the detective.


''The Big Heat'' is a 1953 FilmNoir thriller, starring Creator/GlennFord, Creator/GloriaGrahame, and Creator/LeeMarvin in one of his first big roles. Ford is police detective Dave Bannion, who investigates the suicide of another cop, Tom Duncan. Duncan's death is in fact a suicide, but his mistress, barfly Lucy Chapman, refuses to accept this and demands that Bannion investigate. Shortly thereafter Chapman is murdered -- it turns out that Duncan was a crooked cop in deep with the local organized crime outfit, and said outfit is afraid of drawing attention from the cops. Bannion insists on investigating the Chapman murder, even when facing resistance from the police commissioner, who is in the mob's pocket. The mob retaliates by trying to kill Bannion, but they kill his wife by mistake. This turns Bannion into a OneManArmy bent on vengeance.

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''The Big Heat'' is a 1953 FilmNoir thriller, starring Creator/GlennFord, Creator/GloriaGrahame, and Creator/LeeMarvin in one of his first big roles.

Ford is police detective Dave Bannion, who investigates the suicide of another cop, Tom Duncan. Duncan's death is in fact a suicide, but his mistress, barfly Lucy Chapman, refuses to accept this and demands that Bannion investigate. Shortly thereafter Chapman is murdered -- it turns out that Duncan was a crooked cop in deep with the local organized crime outfit, and said outfit is afraid of drawing attention from the cops. Bannion insists on investigating the Chapman murder, even when facing resistance from the police commissioner, who is in the mob's pocket. The mob retaliates by trying to kill Bannion, but they kill his wife by mistake. This turns Bannion into a OneManArmy bent on vengeance.


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* CantStopTheSignal: Mrs. Duncan's arranged to have her husband's suicide note sent to the press in the event of her death. [[spoiler:When she does get killed, the published document brings down Lagana and his empire.]]


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* DeadManSwitch: Mrs. Duncan's arranged to have her husband's suicide note sent to the press in the event of her death. [[spoiler:When she does get killed, the published document brings down Lagana and his empire.]]


''The Big Heat'' is a 1953 FilmNoir thriller, starring Glenn Ford, Creator/GloriaGrahame, and Creator/LeeMarvin in one of his first big roles. Ford is police detective Dave Bannion, who investigates the suicide of another cop, Tom Duncan. Duncan's death is in fact a suicide, but his mistress, barfly Lucy Chapman, refuses to accept this and demands that Bannion investigate. Shortly thereafter Chapman is murdered -- it turns out that Duncan was a crooked cop in deep with the local organized crime outfit, and said outfit is afraid of drawing attention from the cops. Bannion insists on investigating the Chapman murder, even when facing resistance from the police commissioner, who is in the mob's pocket. The mob retaliates by trying to kill Bannion, but they kill his wife by mistake. This turns Bannion into a OneManArmy bent on vengeance.

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''The Big Heat'' is a 1953 FilmNoir thriller, starring Glenn Ford, Creator/GlennFord, Creator/GloriaGrahame, and Creator/LeeMarvin in one of his first big roles. Ford is police detective Dave Bannion, who investigates the suicide of another cop, Tom Duncan. Duncan's death is in fact a suicide, but his mistress, barfly Lucy Chapman, refuses to accept this and demands that Bannion investigate. Shortly thereafter Chapman is murdered -- it turns out that Duncan was a crooked cop in deep with the local organized crime outfit, and said outfit is afraid of drawing attention from the cops. Bannion insists on investigating the Chapman murder, even when facing resistance from the police commissioner, who is in the mob's pocket. The mob retaliates by trying to kill Bannion, but they kill his wife by mistake. This turns Bannion into a OneManArmy bent on vengeance.


* TechnicalPacifist: Bannion doesn't kill anybody in the movie.

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* TechnicalPacifist: ThereAreNoTherapists: Bannion is left with no professional psychological support after the incident with his wife.
* ThouShaltNotKill:
Bannion doesn't kill anybody in the movie.



* ThereAreNoTherapists: Bannion is left with no professional psychological support after the incident with his wife.


* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMommas: Lagana keeps a portrait of his mother in his office and treats Bannion to a glowing monologue about what an incredible woman she was.

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* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMommas: EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Lagana keeps a portrait of his mother in his office and treats Bannion to a glowing monologue about what an incredible woman she was.

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* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMommas: Lagana keeps a portrait of his mother in his office and treats Bannion to a glowing monologue about what an incredible woman she was.


''The Big Heat'' is a 1953 FilmNoir thriller, starring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, and Creator/LeeMarvin in one of his first big roles. Ford is police detective Dave Bannion, who investigates the suicide of another cop, Tom Duncan. Duncan's death is in fact a suicide, but his mistress, barfly Lucy Chapman, refuses to accept this and demands that Bannion investigate. Shortly thereafter Chapman is murdered -- it turns out that Duncan was a crooked cop in deep with the local organized crime outfit, and said outfit is afraid of drawing attention from the cops. Bannion insists on investigating the Chapman murder, even when facing resistance from the police commissioner, who is in the mob's pocket. The mob retaliates by trying to kill Bannion, but they kill his wife by mistake. This turns Bannion into a OneManArmy bent on vengeance.

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''The Big Heat'' is a 1953 FilmNoir thriller, starring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Creator/GloriaGrahame, and Creator/LeeMarvin in one of his first big roles. Ford is police detective Dave Bannion, who investigates the suicide of another cop, Tom Duncan. Duncan's death is in fact a suicide, but his mistress, barfly Lucy Chapman, refuses to accept this and demands that Bannion investigate. Shortly thereafter Chapman is murdered -- it turns out that Duncan was a crooked cop in deep with the local organized crime outfit, and said outfit is afraid of drawing attention from the cops. Bannion insists on investigating the Chapman murder, even when facing resistance from the police commissioner, who is in the mob's pocket. The mob retaliates by trying to kill Bannion, but they kill his wife by mistake. This turns Bannion into a OneManArmy bent on vengeance.


** Of course, you could also take it as Mrs. Bannion is ''deliberately'' set up to unquestionably have never been 'fair game,' making killing her [[NeverKillAnInnocent something that is definitely breaking the standard rules of keeping 'civilians' out of it]].

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** Of course, you could also take it as Mrs. Bannion is ''deliberately'' set up to unquestionably have never been 'fair game,' making killing her [[NeverKillAnInnocent [[NeverHurtAnInnocent something that is definitely breaking the standard rules of keeping 'civilians' out of it]].

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** Of course, you could also take it as Mrs. Bannion is ''deliberately'' set up to unquestionably have never been 'fair game,' making killing her [[NeverKillAnInnocent something that is definitely breaking the standard rules of keeping 'civilians' out of it]].

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* BloodlessCarnage: The car explosion leaves no marks on Bannion's wife and there are no bullet wound or blood visible when Debby is shot in the back.

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* TooHappyToLive: [[spoiler:Bannion's wife]].


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[[caption-width-right:350:Cream? Sugar?]]



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* CantStopTheSignal: Mrs. Duncan's arranged to have her husband's suicide note sent to the press in the event of her death. [[spoiler:When she does get killed, the published document brings down Lagana and his empire.]]
* CensorshipBySpelling: Bannion to his wife: "According to the book, you should lead her [the daughter] to B-E-D..."



* DisposableWoman: Gosh, isn't Mrs. Bannion sweet and nice and pretty? Too bad she has to get blown up by a car bomb just to give her husband extra motivation to get the bad guys.

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* DisposableWoman: Gosh, isn't Mrs. Bannion sweet and nice and pretty? Too bad she has to get blown up [[ExternalCombustion by a car bomb bomb]] just to [[CrusadingWidower give her husband extra motivation to get the bad guys.guys]].
* DoubleMeaningTitle:
** The heat of the police putting pressure on the criminals.
** The heat of the coffee (and its effects).
** The heat of what happened to Bannion's car (and its effects)
** Perhaps even the heat a relatively cool, easygoing guy like Bannion felt when pushed to his limits (the heat of the moment, the heat of passion).



* ExternalCombustion: The baddies try to kill Bannion this way but the plan gets thwarted when the wife gets into the car instead.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Mike Lagana.
* FinalSpeech: [[spoiler:Debby]] gets to have a talk with Bannion before passing on.



* ImpendingDoomPOV: When Vince comes home, the camera movies towards him from the dark implying that we watch him enter from Debby's point of view.
* InTheBack: How [[spoiler:Debby]] gets killed by Vince.



* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Bannion applies physical pressure on Larry to make him talk.
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: Debby decides to help Bannion after Vince disfigured her.
* TheMistress: Lucy Chapman, who, it turns out, loved Duncan a lot more than his wife did, and was encouraging him to get out of the crime business.



* TheMistress: Lucy Chapman, who, it turns out, loved Duncan a lot more than his wife did, and was encouraging him to get out of the crime business.

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* TheMistress: Lucy Chapman, who, it turns out, loved NotSoDifferent: Discussed. When Bannion mentions that he wished he had killed Bertha Duncan a lot more than his wife did, and was encouraging when he had the chance, Debby notes that this would make him to get out of just as bad as Stone.
* ObsessiveCompulsiveBarkeeping: The barkeeper at
the crime business.Retreat is cleaning glasses when Bannion comes to question him.



* TechnicalPacifist: Bannion doesn't kill anybody in the movie.
** He leaves Larry to be killed off by his partners [[DeathByIrony just like the latter used to off his victims]].
** He refrains from strangling Mrs. Duncan and lets [[spoiler:[[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork Debby do the dirty work]]]].
** Having Stones at gunpoint he doesn't pull the trigger even though the latter just shot Debby.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Bannion is left with no professional psychological support after the incident with his wife.



-->'''Bannion''': With you dead, the big heat follows.

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-->'''Bannion''': With you dead, the big heat follows. The big heat for Lagana, for Stone and for all the rest of the lice.

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