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The Dark Corner (1946)

 -  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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Cast

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Hardy Cathcart
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Stauffer aka Fred Foss
Mark Stevens ...
Bradford Galt
Kurt Kreuger ...
Anthony Jardine
Cathy Downs ...
Mari Cathcart
Reed Hadley ...
Police Lt. Frank Reeves
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Mrs. Kingsley
Eddie Heywood ...
Eddie Heywood - Orchestra Leader
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Storyline

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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Crime | Film-Noir | Drama

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9 April 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Feind im Dunkel  »

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| (FMC Library Print)

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

Early in film where Kathleen is seen looking out of the back window of the taxi, she is clearly wearing a ring on her left hand. In all other scenes, like when dancing at the nightclub with Bradford, she is not wearing any ring on the left hand. However, throughout the film, she consistently is wearing a ring on her right hand little finger. See more »

Quotes

Stauffer, alias Fred Foss: It didn't work. It was a busto crusto.
Hardy Cathcart: [Cathcart is at a total loss as to what this means] A what?
Stauffer, alias Fred Foss: A flop.
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References The Thin Man (1934) See more »

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The More I See You
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the scene at Tony's apartment with Mari, then Brad
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Great little-known film-noir
24 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

Watched this on American Movie Classics the other day ... what a great surprise. Witty dialogue with lots of clever innuendo, murky (but not annoyingly so) plot, and stark, moody lighting set the scene for the "typical" noir scenario in which the smart-cookie secretary (Lucille Ball) saves the private eye's hide. The costumes are also wonderful -- 1940s glamour all the way, from Lucy's tailored suits to the rich wife's evening gowns and nightie (gasp!).


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