The Dark Corner

Overview

This grade-A example of "film noir" stars Mark Stevens as Brad Galt, an embittered ex-convict who returns to the private detective business upon his release. Sour and surly, Galt behaves himself only when he's around his faithful and adoring secretary Kathleen top-billed Lucille Ball. When Galt's crooked former partner Tony Jardine Kurt Krueger inaugurates an affair with socialite Mari Cathcart Cathy Downs, Cathcart's waspish art-collector husband Clifton Webb arranges Jardine's murder, carefully pinning the ...
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Overview

This grade-A example of "film noir" stars Mark Stevens as Brad Galt, an embittered ex-convict who returns to the private detective business upon his release. Sour and surly, Galt behaves himself only when he's around his faithful and adoring secretary Kathleen top-billed Lucille Ball. When Galt's crooked former partner Tony Jardine Kurt Krueger inaugurates an affair with socialite Mari Cathcart Cathy Downs, Cathcart's waspish art-collector husband Clifton Webb arranges Jardine's murder, carefully pinning the blame on Galt. On the lam from the cops, Galt must rely on Kathleen to help gather enough evidence to prove his innocence. Best scene: Cathcart's abrupt but chillingly casual murder of his partner-in-crime William Bendix. The deliberate lack of background music serves to enhance the gloomy atmosphere of The Dark Corner.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by film historians Alain Silver & James Ursini; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A fairly neglected exercise in film noir, The Dark Corner is a more than adequate if less than topflight example of the genre. Director Henry Hathaway was already familiar with crime thrillers, having helmed such previous efforts as Johnny Apollo and The House on 92nd Street, and he competently makes the shift to the edgier, more fatalist film noir game with ease and assurance, if little in the way of virtuosity. The screenplay is solid, hitting all the right plot points and keeping its cards appropriately close to the vest until it's time to spring a few surprises on the audience, and there's a good swift line of hardboiled dialogue hiding behind every corner. If Mark Stevens is not an immortal in the pantheon of screen tough guys -- his Galt is a little wan, a trifle lightweight -- he's more than credible and makes the character's tightlipped stoicism appealing. Lucille Ball assays one of her rare non-comedic roles and comes off very well; there's a welcome mixture of innocence and worldliness to her character that she manages to get across without getting mired down in either extreme. Clifton Webb is deliciously smarmy, a nasty piece of work that's a joy to watch. Corner misses out on being one of the majors, but as minor leaguers go, it's one of the best.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/6/2005
  • UPC: 024543169185
  • Original Release: 1946
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 69,272

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lucille Ball Kathleen
Clifton Webb Hardy Cathcart
Mark Stevens Bradford Galt
William Bendix White Suit
Cathy Downs Mari Cathcart
Eddie Heywood & Orch. Themselves
Mary Field Cashier
John W. Goldsworthy Butler
Vincent Graeff Newsboy
Reed Hadley Lt. Frank Reeves
Eloise Hardt Saleswoman
Kurt Kreuger Tony Jardine
Molly Lamont Lucy Wilding
Hope Landin Scrubwoman
Thomas Martin Major Domo
Matt McHugh Milk Man
Forbes Murray Mr. Bryson
Steve Olsen Barker
Frieda Stoll Frau Keller
Gisela Werbiseck Mrs. Schwartz
Charles Wagenheim Foss
Regina Wallace Mrs. Bryson
Tom Monroe Policeman
Charles Tannen Cabbie
Constance Collier Mrs. Kingsley
Minerva Urecal Mother
Thomas Lockyear Elderly Man
Ellen Corby Maid
Lee Phelps Policeman
Donald MacBride Policeman
Charles Cane Policeman
John Kelly Policeman
John Russell Policeman
Ralph Dunn Policeman
Alice Fleming Woman
Isabel Randolph Woman
Pietro Sosso Man
Peter Cusanelli Man
Lynn Whitney Stenographer
John Elliott Man
Technical Credits
Henry Hathaway Director
James Basevi Art Director
Jay Dratler Screenwriter
W.D. Flick Sound/Sound Designer
Paul S. Fox Set Decoration/Design
Leland Fuller Art Director
Fred Kohlmar Producer
Harry M. Leonard Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Joe MacDonald Cinematographer
Cyril Mockridge Score Composer
Kay Nelson Costumes/Costume Designer
Emil Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Bill Nye Makeup
Ben Nye Sr. Makeup
Bernard Schoenfeld Screenwriter
Fred Sersen Special Effects
J. Watson Webb Jr. Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Dark Corner
1. Main Titles [1:08]
2. Keeping It Legit [4:22]
3. Hired Muscle [12:25]
4. A Collection of Crooks [5:27]
5. The High Hat [5:32]
6. Brad's Story [7:14]
7. Two-Timing Tony [9:03]
8. The Two Faces of Mari [6:50]
9. Lying in Wait [11:51]
10. Finding Fred Foss [2:48]
11. The Other Man [5:02]
12. Getting the Whites White [3:59]
13. Discarding a Financial Burden [7:21]
14. Catching a Cab [2:35]
15. Wrap It Up! [12:03]
16. Playing for Keeps [1:21]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Dark Corner
   Play
   Language Selection
      English Mono
      English Stereo
      Commentary by Alain Silver and James Ursini
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary by Alain Silver and James Ursini: On
      Commentary by Alain Silver and James Ursini: Off
      Trailer
      Fox Noir
         Call Northside 777
         Laura
         Nightmare Alley
         Panic in the Streets
         House of Bamboo
         The Street With No Name
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