During the campaign for reelection, the crooked politician Paul Madvig decides to clean up his past, refusing the support of the gangster Nick Varna and associating to the respectable reformist politician Ralph Henry. When Ralph's son, Taylor Henry, a gambler and the lover of Paul's sister Opal, is murdered, Paul's right arm, Ed Beaumont, finds his body on the street. Nick uses the financial situation of The Observer to force the publisher Clyde Matthews to use the newspaper to raise the suspicion that Paul Madvig might have killed Taylor. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The title of this book and movie is most obscure; thankfully its meaning is described by Richard Layman in his book, Shadow Man: The life of Dashiell Hammett. A glass key symbolizes an act or experience which cannot be reversed or forgotten. It is a key made of glass which allows one entry to a room or a building but which shatters after one use. Skeleton keys were used for many years before and after this story to lock doors from both sides; hence, a skeleton key made of glass which breaks in a lock will prohibit the locking of a door and will prohibit one from leaving the room. Hence, once in the chamber one is subject to see one's choice through. See more »
In Farr's office, when Ed is slowly tucking the anonymous letter in his inside pocket, Farr tells him he expects a visit from Nick. The camera is on Ed who abruptly takes his hand out of his inside pocket and turns to Farr, but then the camera cuts to show both him and Farr and he's still tucking the letter in his inside pocket. See more »
When Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake and William Bendix appeared in a film, you knew it was going to be a great film, but I never realized this film would become a great Classic B&W screen gem! Brian Donlevy(Paul Madwig),"Kiss of Death",47, played a great role as the King Pin Mob boss who is a very good friend of Alan Ladd(Ed Beaumont),"Two Years Before the Mast",'40, Ed Beaumont has some moral values in life and gets involved with Janet Henry(Veronica Lake),"Flesh Feast",'70, who is Paul Madwig's girl friend. Sexy Janet Henry falls in love with Ed Beaumont and her sexy hair over one eye seems to captivate every scene they are in. However, William Bendix(Jeff) does not like Ed Beaumont's face and beats the heck out of "Pretty Boy's Face" every chance he gets, I really thought he would need a face Job after the many beatings Ed Beaumont received. This film will be enjoyed by many and many future generations to come! This is a film to take you down memory lane in the early 40's!!!
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