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Kirk Douglas in the 1951 movie “Ace in the Hole,” originally released under the title “The Big Carnival.”
Kirk Douglas in the 1951 movie “Ace in the Hole,” originally released under the title “The Big Carnival.” PARAMOUNT

“Ace in the Hole,” Billy Wilder’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning 1950 classic “Sunset Blvd.,” screens as part of the N.C. Museum of Art’s 2014 Fall Film Series, “Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know: The Unreliable Men of Film Noir” on Friday night. Titled “The Big Carnival” upon its release in 1951, its prescient premise concerns Kirk Douglas as a wild-eyed, hard-drinking newspaperman who milks the story of a man trapped in a mine in New Mexico as the event escalates into a full-blown media circus. The movie flopped and was forgotten for nearly half a century until airings on Turner Classic Movies and a Criterion Collection DVD release reinstated its original name and well-deserved claim to fame. 8 p.m. at the Museum Auditorium. Tickets are $7 ($5 for students and NCMA members). Details: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org.

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