The Big Night ★★★

Teenage George La Main watches helplessly while his father is caned by newsman Al Judge. George takes his father’s gun and goes out to take revenge on Judge. During his night’s adventures, George meets a variety of people, learns some lessons about human nature, and goes full circle to confront his father about the reason for Judge’s actions.

John Drew Barrymore, not yet twenty, has a hangdog look appropriate to the role of George. Preston Foster, the father, Howard St John, the newsman, and Joan Lorring, a girl who sympathizes with George, are good in their roles.

Joseph Losey’s last film before moving to England to avoid testifying before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Losey, who had some success in England, never returned to the US.