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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
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
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
Arthur Treacher ...
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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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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The Key is Mediocre, Lacking Depth
17 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

They say timing is everything. It's true in sports. It's true in life. And it's true in love. In The Key, two former lovers meet again and discover if, this time, the timing is right.

Set against the backdrop of a hunt for a charismatic leader of the Irish resistance group, Sein Fein, The Key is a schizophrenic mixture of love story and suspense film. I can't say it is successful with either genre.

The most interesting action is between the ex-lovers. But the action of the camera comes in a close second. Not always successfully, the camera tracks with and against the action. It feels like the director is trying to be innovative, but it sometimes feels experimental and slightly distracting.

The Key is only 71 minutes long, so the pace of the film is brisk, which is fine. I just wish there were more to the story. The ending is a little too neat. Because it wraps up so quickly, there is a lack of emotional depth.

For fans of William Powell, The Key is worth a look. Otherwise, it is rather shallow and somewhat mediocre.


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