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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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Also Known As:
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?

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 10, 1947 with Lucille Ball and Mark Stevens reprising their film rolesSee more »
Continuity: 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 »
Hardy Cathcart:I found the portrait long before I met Mari. And I worshipped it. When I did meet her, it was as if I'd always known her... and wanted her.
Woman in Gallery:Oh, how romantic.
Hardy Cathcart:If you prefer to be maudlin about it, perhaps.
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Movie Connections:
References The Thin Man (1934)See more »
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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A Study In Contrasts, 5 April 2006
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

Mark Stevens plays Bradford Galt, a depressed, New York City private investigator who is trying to forget his troubled past. But someone is tailing Galt for reasons unknown. Lucille Ball adds charm and flair to the story as Galt's faithful, resourceful secretary who invites herself into the detective's dilemma, which eventually leads to a wealthy art collector named Cathcart, played by the suave, and always engaging, Clifton Webb. It's a sordid tale of deceit and murder, expressed visually in typical 1940's film-noir style.

Galt's surroundings are drab and dreary, in marked contrast to the lush, opulent environment of Cathcart and his elitist friends. Director Henry Hathaway leaves no doubt as to where his sympathies lie. It's the late 1940s, and the proletariat class, represented by Galt, is honest and hard working, and up against society's corrupt rich.

In contrast to other film detectives of that era, like Philip Marlowe and Sam Spade, Galt is somewhat plaintive and vulnerable, but these traits make him more sympathetic, even though he can deliver a mean punch when called for.

The film's high-contrast B&W cinematography is striking. It emphasizes harsh lighting, deep shadows, and two-dimensional silhouettes. This visual style, together with occasional sounds of jazz, conveys a dissonance we would expect in a post-WWII environment of the urban underworld. When combined with a story of one man up against sinister forces, these cinematic elements, taken as a whole, communicate a philosophy of existentialism.

For viewers who like heavy-duty 1940's noir films with interesting characters, good acting, and striking cinematography, "The Dark Corner" is one of the better choices.

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