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The Key (1934)

Approved | | Drama | 9 June 1934 (USA)
British officer is assigned to duty in Ireland and gets embroiled in Anglo-Irish battles and old girl friend who is now married to an Irishman. Powell learns more than he wanted to know ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Laird Doyle (screenplay), R. Gore Brown (play) (as R. Gore-Browne) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Powell ... Captain Bill Tennant
Edna Best ... Norah Kerr
Colin Clive ... Captain Andrew 'Andy' Kerr
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Homer - Tennant's Aide
Halliwell Hobbes ... General C.O. Furlong
Donald Crisp ... Peadar Conlan
J.M. Kerrigan ... O'Duffy
Henry O'Neill ... Dan
Phil Regan ... Young Irishman Killed by Andrew
Arthur Treacher ... Lt. Merriman - Furlong's Aide
Maxine Doyle ... Pauline O'Connor
Arthur Aylesworth ... Kirby
Gertrude Short ... Evie - a Barmaid
Anne Shirley ... Flower Girl (as Dawn O'Day)
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British officer is assigned to duty in Ireland and gets embroiled in Anglo-Irish battles and old girl friend who is now married to an Irishman. Powell learns more than he wanted to know about "the Irish Problem." Written by Ed Lorusso

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

High Peril See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Re-titled High Peril when sold to television in the 1950s in order to avoid confusion with The Key (1958). See more »

Quotes

Capt. Bill Tennant: [His aide, Homer, has been dozing] You know, in Africa, the tsetse flies used to bite him and go sound to sleep.
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Soundtracks

There's a Cottage in Killarney
by Mort Dixon and Allie Wrubel
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Irish struggle ruined by love story
19 June 2001 | by brianinaSee all my reviews

"The Key" starts off promisingly with atmospheric photography as British troops track down a Sein Fein leader. Apparently Warner Bros thought this wasn't enough, so halfway through the film a love triangle is introduced between William Powell, Edna Best and Colin Clive. All it succeeds in doing is derailing the film into very familiar territory. Seeing Colin Clive making dead bodies with a gun rather than bringing them back to life in a lab sparks some interest but other than that he spends his time looking glum (did he ever smile?). William Powell begins the film with an accent and a "right-ho, pip, pip" clipped speech that vanishes by the third reel and he and Edna Best (in her first U.S. film) have absolutely no chemistry. Director Curtiz does well until the highpoint of the love story where he pulls the camera out the window into the fog and goes into a flashback that looks like it belongs on a 1890 stage. Add to this a criminally underused Donald Crisp and a hokey ending and you have one missed opportunity.


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