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The Dark Corner (1946)

Approved | | 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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Save your lipstick, girls, he plays for keeps.

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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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, 31 December 1946
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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

A newspaper ad mentions that a Cathcart Gallery exhibition is by Invitation Only, but then why would it be advertised in the paper? See more »

Quotes

Miss Dennis, Saleswoman: This is one of Donatello's finest pieces.
Bradford Galt: How much is it?
Miss Dennis, Saleswoman: $40,000.
Bradford Galt: Wrap it up.
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Referenced in Vision Éternel: Pièce No. Trois (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Street Scene
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Music by Alfred Newman
Opening theme music / general theme music
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Neat Noir Thriller
14 December 2002 | by harry-76See all my reviews

"I feel all dead inside . . . backed up in a dark corner . . . and I don't know who's hitting me."

So Mark Stevens' Brad confesses to secretary-girlfriend Lucile Ball's Kathleen.

This particular dark corner has many angles, shadows and turns, as the two go sleuthing in search of an elusive villain--Clifton Webb's Hardy. Along the way Hardy's "hitman," Stauffer (William Bendix) gets the "ax," as the audience maintains rapt attention.

A nicely turned crime script by Jan Drather and Leo Rosten is given slick credibility by Director Henry Hathaway. The "Manhattan Melody" theme, used in so many New York drama films of the 40s, was first heard here. It was part of Cyril Mockridge's original score, so evocative of "big city pre-dawn street scenes" that it became a motif of dozens of similar efforts.

The film also showed what Ball could do in a straight dramatic role, and she proved quite capable of holding her own. Webb, forever "effete personified," offers a polished performance, while Bendix contrasts as the perfect "mug."

A "whodunit" worthy of a studio that produced loads of neat "forties thrillers": 20th Century Fox.


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