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The Glass Key (1942)

Directed by Stuart Heisler

Crime | Film Noir | Drama

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During the campaign for reelection, the crooked politician Paul Madvig decides to clean up his past, refusing the support of the gangster Nick Varna and associating to the respectable reformist politician Ralph Henry. When Ralph’s son, Taylor Henry, a gambler and the lover of Paul’s sister Opal, is murdered, Paul’s right arm, Ed Beaumont, finds his body on the street. Nick uses the financial situation of The Observer to force the publisher Clyde Matthews to use the newspaper to raise the suspicion that Paul Madvig might have killed Taylor.

Rated NR | Length 85 minutes


Norma Varden | Bonita Granville | Moroni Olsen | Alan Ladd | Joseph Calleia | Chuck Hamilton | Donald MacBride | Arthur Loft | Brian Donlevy | Richard Denning | Veronica Lake | William Bendix | Frances Gifford | Margaret Hayes | Eddie Marr | Tom Fadden | Dane Clark | James Millican | Bess Flowers | Bert Moorhouse | Lillian Randolph | George Meader | William Benedict

Viewing Notes

An obvious influence on MILLER’S CROSSING given that the basic plot is the same. Ladd is great, Donlevy is over-the-top fun in his role as the politician, and Lake plays her character with more emotional depth here than in THIS GUN FOR HIRE.


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