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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
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Norah Kerr
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Capt. Andrew 'Andy' Kerr
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Homer, Tennant's Aide
Halliwell Hobbes ...
General C.O. Furlong
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Peadar Conlan
J.M. Kerrigan ...
O'Duffy
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Dan
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Young Irishman Killed by Andrew
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Lt. Merriman, Furlong's Aide
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Pauline O'Connor
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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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The £1,000 reward for Conlan's capture in 1920 would be the equivalent of $3,664 then, or over $43,400 in 2016. See more »

Quotes

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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familiar story with the Irish struggle as background
3 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

William Powell is Bill, a British officer who finds an old love in Ireland in "The Key," a 1934 film also starring Edna Best (Norah) and Colin Clive (Andy). A very young Donald Crisp, though his voice identifies him immediately, plays a Sein Fein leader whom the British army seeks to capture. When Bill arrives on the scene, he finds himself living below Andy, a fellow officer and friend, but he doesn't know that the woman he once loved is married to him - and Andy never knew that Bill and Norah were involved. Realizing that their breakup was a mistake, Bill seeks to rekindle the relationship. Norah has continued to love him, and it's stood between her and her husband throughout their marriage.

Full of dry ice and night scenes, this old movie was hard to see at times. The story is very familiar, the film is short; it doesn't have a lot to recommend it. It's atmospheric, although this viewer was not drawn into the story. Powell brings it lots of energy - he's the best thing in it; Best and Clive don't project much and look unhappy throughout.


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