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The Glass Key (1935)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 15 June 1935 (USA)
Ed Beaumont is the personal friend, advisor and bodyguard to Paul Madvig, the political boss of a large city. When a mysterious murder is committed---the son of a Madvig political opponent-... See full summary »

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Ed Beaumont is the personal friend, advisor and bodyguard to Paul Madvig, the political boss of a large city. When a mysterious murder is committed---the son of a Madvig political opponent---Madvig's enemies try to pin the crime on him because he is waging a clean-up campaign they oppose. Ed risks his life and his reputation to find the killer and clear his friend. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Carole Lombard was mentioned for the role eventually played by Claire Dodd. See more »

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Mom: Don't worry, Ed; you and Paul'll enjoy working with an honest man. Once you get used to it.
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Great gangster flick
20 November 2003 | by (bean world, massachusetts) – See all my reviews

This early adaptation of Hammett's novel is not as well known as the Alan Ladd version but is very much worth seeing. Different in some ways, eerily similar in some ways, it's usually a little more raw than the later remake (the car crash that opens the film is still jarring today). And as the other reviewer notes, it has all the classic noir elements. Definitely worth seeking out.


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