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The Glass Key
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In Baltimore, political boss Paul Madvig (Brian Donlevy) is head of the voter's league and pushing through the reform ticket to gain more power. When he is confronted by Janet Henry (Veronica Lake), the daughter of Politician Ralph Henry (Moroni Olsen) who is running for Governor, Medvig changes position and decides to back Henry. When the wastrel son of Henry - Taylor Henry (Richard Denning) is killed, fingers are pointed at Madvig, primarily because competing gangster Nick Varna (Joseph Calleia) has taken over a major local newspaper and is generating copy that claims Madvig's guilt. Paul Madvig's right hand man and friend Ed Beaumont (Alan Ladd) sees that Madvig is flip-flopping on his politics because he desires the charms of Janet Henry and he says so which causes the pair to break up pushing Ed to pretend to ask Varna for a job. Varna realizes that Ed isn't on the level and has his henchman Jeff (William Bendix) torture him for information. Ed escapes and gets the word to Madvig that Varna has information that can convict him but realizes that Janet Henry is too involved to ignore and actually Ed falls in love with her.

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