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The Dark Corner (1946)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 8 May 1946 (USA)
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Secretary tries to help her boss, who is framed for a murder.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Jay Dratler (screenplay), Bernard C. Schoenfeld (screenplay) (as Bernard Schoenfeld) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 ... Eddie Heywood - Orchestra Leader
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Storyline

Private investigator Bradford Galt has moved to New York from San Fransisco after serving a jail term on account of his lawyer partner Tony Jardine. When he finds someone is tailing - and possibly trying to kill him, Galt believes Jardine is behind it. As he finds there is rather more to it, he is increasingly glad to have his attractive new secretary Kathleen around, for several reason. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

WHERE A MAN NEED A GUN!...AND A WOMAN NEEDS TO BE BEAUTIFUL! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Feind im Dunkel See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The little girl with the slide whistle informs Kathleen Stewart and Bradford Galt that the man they are following has gone to "get cascara at a gallery." It turns out the child has misunderstood the name "Cathcart Gallery," but before Stewart and Galt realize this, they speculate about their quarry's health, and agree that "you can't get cascara at a gallery." Cascara is a laxative made from the bark of the cascara tree. See more »

Goofs

After Galt (Mark Stevens) has the scuffle with Jardine (Kurt Kreuger), Kathleen Stewart remarks to Galt that his jacket is torn at the shoulder. However it was ALREADY torn when the William Bendix character ran him down in the street. She sat directly across from Galt in the diner and couldn't have missed it the first time. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Kingsley: Isn't my Turner divine? Look at it! It grows on you.
Hardy Cathcart: You make it sound like a species of fungus.
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Connections

References The Thin Man (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Lullaby,
Opus 49, No. 4 (uncredited)
Music by Johannes Brahms
Played on violin while Brad is walking to his apartment house.
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Framed! And it's NOT for a new house!
17 September 2001 | by tommythekSee all my reviews

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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