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Director:
Writers:
Jay Dratler (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
9 April 1946 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Save your lipstick, girls, he plays for keeps.
Plot:
Secretary tries to help her boss, who is framed for a murder. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Ball, Webb, Bendix and Stevens in satisfying - and smashing looking - noir See more (78 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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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)
Dave Silvers .... 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
 
Special Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
 
Visual Effects by
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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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

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Trivia:
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:
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 »
Quotes:
Bradford Galt:You know, I think I'll fire you and get me a Tahitian secretary.
Kathleen Stewart:You won't like them; those grass skirts are a fire hazard.
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Movie Connections:
References The Thin Man (1934)See more »
Soundtrack:
Lullaby,See more »

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65 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
Ball, Webb, Bendix and Stevens in satisfying - and smashing looking - noir, 30 August 2003
Author: bmacv from Western New York

It's a loss to the noir cycle that Lucille Ball never got to exercise her widely underestimated acting (as opposed to comedic) skills as a femme fatale; she might have gained entry to the Bad Girls' Club. She did, however, lend her welcome presence to three film noir: Two Smart People, Lured, and, the first and best of them, The Dark Corner.

She plays the new, spunky receptionist to private eye Mark Stevens (and gets top billing; logically the star, Stevens comes only fourth in the titles). Once framed into a manslaughter charge in San Francisco, Stevens has come east to start over with a clean slate. But he's being measured for an even bigger frame. White-suited William Bendix is the cat's-paw in a plot to goad Stevens into murdering the old partner who set him up (Kurt Kreuger).

Kreuger, however, isn't even aware that Stevens is out of prison and in New York; he's too busy romancing the young wife (Cathy Downs) of rich art-gallery owner Clifton Webb (she sits around bored, listening to `his paintings crack with age'). Webb is the puppet-master behind the elaborate scheme to eliminate his younger, more virile rival. When Stevens comes to on the floor of his apartment with a poker in his hand and Kreuger bludgeoned to death next to him, he, with Ball's help, must race against his inevitable arrest to find the real killer.

The story flits between two Manhattans: The shabby cityscape of penny arcades under the El and flats that open up onto fire escapes, populated by Stevens, Ball and Bendix, and the haut monde of ritzy galleries and high-ceilinged, richly upholstered apartments inhabited by Clift, Downs and Kreuger. Spanning the gap is the unholy alliance between the coarse Bendix and the p***-elegant Webb, reprising his Bitter Old Queen number from Laura and The Razor's Edge (though again, as in Laura, we're asked to swallow his obsession with a beautiful...woman half his age).

While maintaining a deft balance, the plot weighs in as quite a brutal one (Webb's quick dispatch of Bendix proves quite startling). Despite this role and The Street With No Name, Stevens never quite became the noir icon - like Ladd or Bogart or Mitchum (or even like Powell or Ford or Ryan) he seemed destined for, but he's persuasive enough as a man strained to the limit by forces he can't fathom.

Henry Hathaway directed, but the black magic comes courtesy of cinematographer Joe MacDonald. He ably lighted a number of estimable noirs (Street With No Name, Call Northside 777, Pickup on South Street), but here his work surpasses itself. When Ball and Stevens embrace, he turns a two-shot into a four-shot by placing them in front of a fireplace mirror; we see her face in the foreground, his in reflection. In plot, writing and direction, The Dark Corner falls just short of the finest entries in the cycle. But in its strikingly composed photography, finely filigreed with shadow, it could be shown at a gala opening in Webb's high-priced gallery.

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