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Release Date:
9 April 1946 (USA) See more »
Save your lipstick, girls, he plays for keeps.
Secretary tries to help her boss, who is framed for a murder. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lucille Ball ... Kathleen Stewart

Clifton Webb ... Hardy Cathcart

William Bendix ... Stauffer aka Fred Foss
Mark Stevens ... Bradford Galt
Kurt Kreuger ... Anthony Jardine
Cathy Downs ... Mari Cathcart

Reed Hadley ... Police Lt. Frank Reeves

Constance Collier ... Mrs. Kingsley
Eddie Heywood ... Eddie Heywood - Orchestra Leader
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Colleen Alpaugh ... Little Girl with Slide Whistle (uncredited)
Charles Cane ... Policeman at Tony's Apartment (uncredited)

Ellen Corby ... Maid (uncredited)
Peter Cusanelli ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Policeman in Galleries (uncredited)
John Elliott ... Laundry Proprietor (uncredited)
Mary Field ... Movie Theatre Cashier (uncredited)
Alice Fleming ... Minor Role (uncredited)
John Goldsworthy ... Butler (uncredited)
Eugene Goncz ... Practical Sign Painter (uncredited)
Vincent Graeff ... Newsboy-Witness (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Man at Hit-Run Attempt (uncredited)
Eloise Hardt ... Miss Dennis - Saleswoman (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Party Guest (uncredited)
John Kelly ... Policeman in Galleries (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Bartender (uncredited)

Molly Lamont ... Lucy Wilding (uncredited)
Hope Landin ... Woman Scrubbing Floor (uncredited)
Thomas Louden ... Elderly Man (uncredited)
Donald MacBride ... Policeman in Galleries (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... First Cab Driver (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Henry - the Majordomo (uncredited)
Matt McHugh ... Milkman (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Tom Monroe ... Policeman (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Mr. Bryson (uncredited)
Steve Olsen ... Arcade Game Barker (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Policeman on Street (uncredited)
Joe Ploski ... Deli Customer (uncredited)
Raisa ... Client Daughter (uncredited)
Isabel Randolph ... Mrs. Reynolds (uncredited)

John Russell ... Policeman at Tony's Apartment (uncredited)
Pietro Sosso ... Old Man (uncredited)
Douglas Spencer ... Deli Customer (uncredited)
Frieda Stoll ... Frau Keller (uncredited)
Charles Tannen ... Second Cab Driver (uncredited)
Minerva Urecal ... Client Wife (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... The Real Fred Foss (uncredited)
Regina Wallace ... Mrs. Bryson (uncredited)
Gisela Werbisek ... Mrs. Schwartz (uncredited)
Lynn Whitney ... Stenographer (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Hathaway 
Writing credits
Jay Dratler (screenplay) and
Bernard C. Schoenfeld (screenplay) (as Bernard Schoenfeld)

Leo Rosten (story)

Harry Kleiner  writer of new ending (uncredited)
Fred Kohlmar  revisions to screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Fred Kohlmar .... producer
Original Music by
Cyril J. Mockridge  (as Cyril Mockridge)
Cinematography by
Joseph MacDonald (director of photography) (as Joe Mac Donald)
Film Editing by
J. Watson Webb Jr.  (as J. Watson Webb)
Art Direction by
James Basevi 
Leland Fuller 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Costume Design by
Kay Nelson 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Production Management
Charles Hall .... production unit manager (uncredited)
Raymond A. Klune .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Eckhardt .... assistant director (uncredited)
Paul Helmick .... second assistant director (uncredited)
David Silver .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Paul S. Fox .... associate set decorator
Larry Haddock .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
W.D. Flick .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
Sol Halperin .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
Edwin Hammeras .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Til Gabani .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestral arrangements
Emil Newman .... musical director
Charles Althouse .... music mixer (uncredited)
Paul Neal .... music mixer (uncredited)
Murray Spivack .... music mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Fernando Castillo Díaz .... spanish translator for dubbing (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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99 min | 95 min (FMC Library Print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:(Banned) | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #11435) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

This film with many acclaimed actors could be considered a Who's Who of 1950's TV. Included are Lucille Ball ("I Love Lucy" (1951) ), William Bendix ("The Life of Riley" (1953)), Reed Hadley ("Racket Squad" (1950) and "Public Defender" (1954) ), Mark Stevens ("Big Town" (1950) ) and Cathy Downs (Ann Howe of "The Joe Palooka Story" (1954) ).See more »
Miscellaneous: The character of Fred Foss is played by William Bendix and that is not a toupee, it is his real hair. You can check that out by watching him in The Blue Dahlia or The Best Years of Our Lives.See more »
Bradford Galt:The stain... The ink, baby, the ink. I smeared ink on his white suit up in my office.
Kathleen Stewart:What of it?
Bradford Galt:He'd have to have the suit cleaned, wouldn't he? The cleaners would have his address, wouldn't they?
Kathleen Stewart:Well, this is a pretty dirty town. Cleaning places grow on every street like mushrooms.
Bradford Galt:Yeah, but they don't do their own cleaning.
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References The Thin Man (1934)See more »
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38 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Framed! And it's NOT for a new house!, 17 September 2001
Author: tommythek from Bolingbrook, Illinois

Sometimes it seems like it's impossible to avoid being framed for murder. I think we've all had that experience, haven't we? That certainly is Bradford Galt's (Mark Stevens) problem in "The Dark Corner." I should say, it is ONE of his problems. That, along with being constantly annoyed by the cops and assorted bad guys. It's just one of the hazards that come with being a private eye. If you don't believe that, just ask Humphrey Bogart. Among others!

But there can be benefits, too. And in this case, one of the benefits is having the beautiful Kathleen (Lucille Ball) for your ... uh ... private secretary. Furthermore, it can be doubly beneficial when you and your "private secretary" become romantically involved. This role -- Kathleen -- is, I think, one of Lucy's very best from her lengthy pre-"I Love Lucy" movie career. She's beautiful (oh, I said that), she's charming, she's bright (quite un-Lucylike) and, perhaps most important for a private snoop, she helps her man Brad extricate himself from more than one tight spot. And, she's beautiful!

As for those aforementioned annoying bad guys, we have William Bendix and Clifton Webb on hand to annoy His Snoopness. The former THINKS he's a lot tougher than he really is. Better had he known that a tough guy gets much further being the other way around. As for the latter, he, apparently, didn't learn his lesson in "Laura" two years earlier. Too bad. For him.

One of the mildly amusing aspects to this film is Brad's use, perhaps as many as half a dozen times, of the word "shagged." Thanks to "Austin Powers," we now have a new 21st century meaning for that word. But in 1946, in THIS movie, it meant something completely different. And neither meaning has anything to do with rugs. Ahhh, language.

I also find it interesting that the star of this movie (Mark Stevens) took fourth billing. True, although he was both a known and a competent actor, he was never a star of the magnitude of, say, the aforementioned H.B. Which makes me wonder if Henry Hathaway (the director) and Fred Kohlmar (the producer) had a big-name star in mind for the main role but were unable to land same. Thus, did they have to "settle for" Stevens? It would be interesting to learn the background of the casting of this movie and how Stevens came to get the main role and why he was given just fourth billing.

Even so, "The Dark Corner," WITH Mark Stevens, is still one of the better film noirs of the 1940s. And watch out the next time somebody tries to frame you for murder. Maybe it won't be a movie!

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