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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.

Genres:

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

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 10, 1947 with Lucille Ball and Mark Stevens reprising their film roles 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

Hardy Cathcart: Love is not the exclusive province of adolescence, my dear; it's a heart ailment that strikes all age groups-like my love for you. My love for you is the only malady I've contracted since the usual childhood diseases. And it's incurable.
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Connections

References The Thin Man (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Street Scene
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Music by Alfred Newman
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Dark Notions
18 July 2001 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

This is a pretty good thriller more or less in the noir mold and made just after the Second World War. Mark Stevens is a private eye in trouble, Lucille Ball his loyal girl Friday, Clifton Webb an art dealer, and William Bendix a thug. The plot is convoluted and scarcely memorable. This movie is an obvious attempt to cash in on Laura, made two years earlier, in which Webb played a similar role. It's well made by Henry Hathaway, but Webb is a lightweight bad guy, and the film's tone and his performance don't mix well. Bendix is oddly cast in a very unsympathetic role and he plays is excellently. Stevens never became a major star despite some decent chances, and he is good here, if a tad anonymous. Lucille Ball is fine and plays her part straight, a far cry from I Love Lucy, and proves that she could have become a noir icon along the lines of Claire Trevor or Gloria Grahame had she wanted to. Overall the film is worth seeing, however its proto-existential tone, though it works well in some of the dialog, gives the movie at times a pretentious air which it could have done without.


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