Glass Key

Glass Key

Director: Stuart Heisler Cast: Brian Donlevy, Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd

Blu-ray (Wide Screen)

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Overview

Dashiel Hammett's The Glass Key, a tale of big-city political corruption, was first filmed in 1935, with Edward Arnold as a duplicitous political boss and George Raft as his loyal lieutenant. This 1942 remake improves on the original, especially in replacing the stolid Raft with the charismatic Alan Ladd. Brian Donlevy essays the role of the boss, who is determined to back reform candidate Moroni Olsen, despite Ladd's gut feeling that this move is a mistake. Ladd knows that Donlevy is doing a political about-face merely to get in solid with Olsen's pretty daughter Veronica Lake. It is Ladd who is left to clean up the mess when crime lord Joseph Calleila murders Olsen's wastrel son Richard Denning and pins the rap on Donlevy. As Ladd struggles to clear Donlevy's name, he falls in love with Lake--when he's not being pummeled about by Calleila's psychopathic henchman William Bendix. Far less complex than the Dashiel Hammett original (and far less damning of the American political system), The Glass Key further increased the box-office pull of Paramount's new team of Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/15/2019
UPC: 0826663192872
Original Release: 1942
Rating: NR
Source: Shout Factory
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sales rank: 25,375

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brian Donlevy Paul Madvig
Veronica Lake Janet Henry
Alan Ladd Ed Beaumont
Bonita Granville Opal Madvig
William Bendix Jeff
Richard Denning Taylor Henry
Joseph Calleia Nick Vama
Frances Gifford Nurse
Donald MacBride Farr
Maggie Hayes Eloise Matthews
Moroni Olsen Ralph Henry
Eddie Marr Rusty
Arthur Loft Clyde Matthews
George Meader Claude Tuttle
William Benedict Sturdy
Conrad Binyon Stubby
Frank Bruno Reporter
Dane Clark Henry Sloss
Edmund Cobb Reporter
George Cowl 2nd Butler in Henry Home
Vernon Dent Bartender
Tom Dugan Jeep
Frank Elliott 1st Butler in Henry Home
Tom Fadden Waiter
J.C. Fowler Guests at Henry Dinner
Jack Gardner Reporter
Frank S. Hagney Groggins
Al Hill Bum
Arthur Stuart Hull Actor
Joseph King Fisher
Jack Luden Reporter
Joe McGuinn Lynch
James Millican Politician
Jack Mulhall Lynch
Broderick O'Farrell Actor
Tom O'Grady Actor
Pat O'Malley Politician
Edward Peil Politician
Stanley Price Actor
Lillian Randolph Entertainer at Basement Club
Francis Sayles Seedy Man
Charles Sullivan Taxi driver
George Turner Doctor
Norma Varden Dowager
William Wagner Butler
Fred Walburn Kid

Technical Credits
Stuart Heisler Director
Haldane Douglas Art Director
Hans Dreier Art Director
Fred Kohlmar Producer
Jonathan Latimer Screenwriter
Archie Marshek Editor
Theodor Sparkuhl Cinematographer
Victor Young Score Composer
Dashiell Hammett Source Author

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Glass Key 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do these 'all movie' reviewers even watch the films? It's not crime lord Nick Varna (Calleila) who murders Janet Henry's (Lake) brother. In fact, he's never even under suspicion. I won't say who is the culprit, not that the plot is what makes this movie a treat (hint: initials V.L.). Lake was fabulous in her two 1942 films noir (the other being This Gun For Hire), but quickly went to h*ll in a handbasket and nothing else she did in her brief career even comes close. My guess is that she's entirely dependent on the chemistry with the leading man, and only sparkled opposite Ladd. Opposite Marsh in I Married a Witch, she's vapid and uninteresting, and opposite McRae in Sullivan's Travels, she's flip and erratic (except when mourning him and learning of his marriage). By the time she was rematched with Ladd in The Blue Dahlia (1946), the alchohol was already taking its toll, and she's puffy and lethargic. I see that This Gun for Hire is due out on DVD this summer. Hopefully, The Glass Key will soon follow.