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The Dark Corner ()

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featuring Lucille Ball, Clifton Webb, Mark Stevens, William Bendix, Cathy Downs

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. Hal Erickson, Rovi Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.000

Dynamite tough-guy mystery

by Quark on Feb 15, 2011

Before Desi, Lucille Ball worked hard at her craft--in this gritty big-city crime story, the good guy gets the good girl and some really strange(but famous) personalities find justice and closure. Anybody remember Reed Hadley? Boy, I sure do--he "hosted" a 1950's TV show called "racket Squad"--this looks like a screen-test for him--what a voice! well-directed low-budget actioner--even the popcorn tasted gooood...

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