A Royal navy Commander is tricked by a pretty girl who is working for the Nazis. She tricks him into revealing some military secrets and he is court-martialed. He vows to track her and her ... See full summary »
The ice-cold diva Paula ruthlessly exploits the guys she dates. While blackmailing the married Don with a recent one-night-stand, she has a secret affair with Henry, who works as researcher for the weekly authentic TV show "Crime of the Week", which Don writes for. When Henry fails to help her to a role, she insults him deadly... and ends up dead herself. Now Don desperately tries to hide his traces, but Henry sabotages his efforts and suggests he write the unsolved murder case for next week's show... Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
Edward G. Robinson's character, Henry Hayes, is an art collector, just as Edward G. Robinson was in real life. See more »
The show is broadcast live from Los Angeles at 8:00 PM--meaning that in the Eastern Time Zone it would be 11:00, outside of prime time (and an hour when almost all stations would be airing the news). See more »
Film noir set in the world of television production
"The Glass Web" (1953) is another one of those good Universal noirs that so far hasn't been re-released to DVD. Fortunately the old AMC channel aired it. The IMDb rating of 6.6 is about right.
Sparking the story is femme fatale Kathleen Hughes, an actress who supplements her income by wheedling men who don't fight back into being blackmailed. She makes a dangerous mistress and passing affair for the otherwise solid citizen John Forsythe, happily married to Marcia Henderson but unable to resist a dalliance with the sexy Hughes. Hughes has Edward G. Robinson on the hook at present, as he promises to lift her career. But he's only a researcher for the weekly TV show (Crime of the Week) that Forsythe writes and Richard Denning oversees. The ratings pressure to produce, the jealousies, the ambitions and the production process form an interesting facet of the movie all on their own.
The murder of Hughes really gets the wheels spinning as a crime mystery when Denning accepts the idea of producing it as the last TV show of the season. Wheels spin within wheels. We watch a movie story about the making of a TV-show series of stories. Inside the movie story, Hughes, a murder victim, knew Forsythe, has been cavorting with Robinson, and has acted on several of the earlier shows. In fact, in the opening scene, she's shown as a murder victim in one of the TV stories. Then within this movie story, it is decided to make a story about a murder victim who was in some of the TV stories.
There's one scene in which Robinson has a shorter version of his famous "Double Indemnity" speech about kinds of accidental deaths. There's another crackerjack scene between Robinson and Hughes. Forsythe is suitably troubled throughout. While no masterpiece, this is certainly a competently done piece of work that affords very good entertainment upon repeated viewings.
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