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The Dark Corner (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Drama | 9 April 1946 (USA)
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Secretary tries to help her boss, who is framed for a murder.

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Private investigator Bradford Galt has moved to New York from San Fransisco after serving a jail term on account of his lawyer partner Tony Jardine. When he finds someone is tailing - and possibly trying to kill him, Galt believes Jardine is behind it. As he finds there is rather more to it, he is increasingly glad to have his attractive new secretary Kathleen around, for several reason. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Save your lipstick, girls, he plays for keeps.

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In later years, Lucille Ball was vocal about hating the experience of shooting "The Dark Corner". The lion's share of her resentment was pointed at director Henry Hathaway, whose bullying reduced Ball to stuttering on set, at which point Hathaway accused her of being inebriated. See more »

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A newspaper ad mentions that a Cathcart Gallery exhibition is by Invitation Only, but then why would it be advertised in the paper? See more »

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Hardy Cathcart: Take, uh, Tony for instance. I'd never imagine him to be interested in... Lucy Wilding, but he is.
Mari Cathcart: It's not true! He's always loathed her.
Hardy Cathcart: He loathed her rather intimately, I'm afraid.
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References The Thin Man (1934) See more »

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Lullaby,
Opus 49, No. 4 (uncredited)
Music by Johannes Brahms
Played on violin while Brad is walking to his apartment house.
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Neat Noir Thriller
14 December 2002 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

"I feel all dead inside . . . backed up in a dark corner . . . and I don't know who's hitting me."

So Mark Stevens' Brad confesses to secretary-girlfriend Lucile Ball's Kathleen.

This particular dark corner has many angles, shadows and turns, as the two go sleuthing in search of an elusive villain--Clifton Webb's Hardy. Along the way Hardy's "hitman," Stauffer (William Bendix) gets the "ax," as the audience maintains rapt attention.

A nicely turned crime script by Jan Drather and Leo Rosten is given slick credibility by Director Henry Hathaway. The "Manhattan Melody" theme, used in so many New York drama films of the 40s, was first heard here. It was part of Cyril Mockridge's original score, so evocative of "big city pre-dawn street scenes" that it became a motif of dozens of similar efforts.

The film also showed what Ball could do in a straight dramatic role, and she proved quite capable of holding her own. Webb, forever "effete personified," offers a polished performance, while Bendix contrasts as the perfect "mug."

A "whodunit" worthy of a studio that produced loads of neat "forties thrillers": 20th Century Fox.


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