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The Key

Overview

The Key was adapted by Carl Foreman from Stella, a novel by Jan De Hartog. The time is WW2: The place, Plymouth England. Canadian tug captain David Ross William Holden and his British counterpart Chris Ford Trevor Howard pay a visit to Ford's lady friend Stella Sophia Loren. Before the men leave, Ford is handed Stella's apartment key. It turns out that this key is harbinger of death; it has previously been held by Stella's former lovers, all tug captains, all dead. When Ford is killed in combat, Tennant comes ...
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Overview

The Key was adapted by Carl Foreman from Stella, a novel by Jan De Hartog. The time is WW2: The place, Plymouth England. Canadian tug captain David Ross William Holden and his British counterpart Chris Ford Trevor Howard pay a visit to Ford's lady friend Stella Sophia Loren. Before the men leave, Ford is handed Stella's apartment key. It turns out that this key is harbinger of death; it has previously been held by Stella's former lovers, all tug captains, all dead. When Ford is killed in combat, Tennant comes into possession of the key, returning to Stella to commence a torrid love affair. However, she is unable to fall in love with Tennant, sensing that his demise is imminent. Eventually, she does fall for him, vowing that if he survives the war, she will never pass her key along to any other man. As a result, Tennant begins exhibiting hesitance in battle, as if determined to break the "jinx" at the expense of his fellow seamen. It would be the height of bad form to give away the ending at this point.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/2/2013
  • UPC: 043396424616
  • Original Release: 1958
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 34,892

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Holden David Ross
Sophia Loren Stella
Trevor Howard Chris Ford
Oscar Homolka Capt. Van Dam
Kieron Moore Kane
Bernard Lee Wadlow
Beatrix Lehmann Housekeeper
Noel Purcell Hotel Porter
Bryan Forbes Weaver
Sydney Vivian Grogan
Rupert Davies Baker
Russell Waters Sparks
Irene Handl Clerk
John Crawford U.S. Captain
Jameson Clark English Captain
James Hayter Locksmith
Carl Möhner
Michael Caine Scenes deleted from release print
Technical Credits
Carol Reed Director
Malcolm Arnold Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Aubrey Baring Producer
Bert Bates Editor
Geoffrey Drake Art Director
Carl Foreman Producer, Screenwriter
Peter Handford Makeup
Arthur Ibbetson Special Effects
Valerie Leslie Costumes/Costume Designer
W. Miner Makeup
Oswald Morris Cinematographer
Wilfred Shingleton Production Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Key
1. Chapter 1 [9:23]
2. Chapter 2 [10:38]
3. Chapter 3 [10:05]
4. Chapter 4 [8:52]
5. Chapter 5 [12:37]
6. Chapter 6 [8:52]
7. Chapter 7 [10:23]
8. Chapter 8 [9:21]
9. Chapter 9 [11:28]
10. Chapter 10 [11:48]
11. Chapter 11 [9:36]
12. Chapter 12 [13:03]
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Disc #1 -- Key
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