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The Key (1934)

Approved | | Drama | 9 June 1934 (USA)
British officer is assigned to duty in Ireland and gets embroiled in Anglo-Irish battles and old girl friend who is now married to an Irishman. Powell learns more than he wanted to know ... See full summary »

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Capt. Bill Tennant
Edna Best ...
Norah Kerr
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Capt. Andrew 'Andy' Kerr
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Homer, Tennant's Aide
Halliwell Hobbes ...
General C.O. Furlong
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Peadar Conlan
J.M. Kerrigan ...
O'Duffy
Henry O'Neill ...
Dan
Phil Regan ...
Young Irishman Killed by Andrew
Arthur Treacher ...
Lt. Merriman, Furlong's Aide
Maxine Doyle ...
Pauline O'Connor
Arthur Aylesworth ...
Kirby
Gertrude Short ...
Evie a Barmaid
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Flower Girl (as Dawn O'Day)
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British officer is assigned to duty in Ireland and gets embroiled in Anglo-Irish battles and old girl friend who is now married to an Irishman. Powell learns more than he wanted to know about "the Irish Problem." Written by Ed Lorusso

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High Peril  »

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Captain Tennant is wearing the cap badge of the East Yorkshire Regiment. See more »

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Capt. Bill Tennant: [sadly, to Norah] I suppose it's only in storybooks there's a path back to yesterday.
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There's a Cottage in Killarney
by Mort Dixon and Allie Wrubel
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Interesting, Atmospheric Movie
16 September 2009 | by (Los Angeles, USA) – See all my reviews

I thought The Key was excellent. Interesting story, strong dialogue and good performances. To my mind this is one of Michael Curtiz' best films. It's not just a matter of creating atmosphere. In shooting the street scenes and club scenes Curtiz fills the frame with movement. This film really has the feel of life in the city. With the help of cinematographer Ernest Haller and art director Robert Haas, Curtiz makes the tension of the situation palpable. There are some weak moments, but my only real complaint is that William Powell could be stronger. He's fine at the beginning when he's just playing the breezy adventurer. But as we see that the character is more complex, Powell needs to do more to show the conflict within. Instead he keeps it mostly on the surface. On the other hand, a lot of the actors in small roles are marvelous. Over all, this is a really solid movie.


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