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The Glass Key (1935)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 15 June 1935 (USA)
Ed Beaumont is the personal friend, advisor and bodyguard to Paul Madvig, the political boss of a large city. When a mysterious murder is committed---the son of a Madvig political opponent-... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Tuttle

Writers:

Dashiell Hammett (novel), Kathryn Scola (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Raft ... Ed Beaumont
Edward Arnold ... Paul Madvig
Claire Dodd ... Janet Henry
Rosalind Keith ... Opal Madvig (as Rosalind Culli)
Charles Richman ... Senator John T. Henry
Robert Gleckler ... Shad O'Rory
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Jeff (as Guinn Williams)
Ray Milland ... Taylor Henry
Tammany Young ... Clarkie
Harry Tyler ... Henry Sloss
Charles C. Wilson ... District Attorney Edward J. Farr
Emma Dunn ... 'Mom' Madvig
Matt McHugh Matt McHugh ... Puggy
Pat Moriarity Pat Moriarity ... Mulrooney
Mack Gray ... Duke
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Ed Beaumont is the personal friend, advisor and bodyguard to Paul Madvig, the political boss of a large city. When a mysterious murder is committed---the son of a Madvig political opponent---Madvig's enemies try to pin the crime on him because he is waging a clean-up campaign they oppose. Ed risks his life and his reputation to find the killer and clear his friend. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Kid Glove with Iron Fists! (original poster) See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Chave de Cristal See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Carole Lombard was mentioned for the role eventually played by Claire Dodd. See more »

Quotes

Jeff: That's between me and Shad and the lamppost. And you ain't no lamppost!
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Neglected pioneer noir.
21 July 2002 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

In the unlikely event that the term "film noir" means anything, it must be the meeting of the US detective film and the sinister Germanic look.

The process can be seen well and truly evident in this rarely seen version of the Hammet story. This one has the down beat view of human nature, sinister nocturnal scenes, notably Raft's discovery of Ray Milland's body and the grim shadowed world of thug Williams in his best rôle.

Neglected in favour of the Alan Ladd version which borrows from it - disposing of the stroppy brother with a kick on the shins, the dog attack - this one plays better because it's easier to believe Arnold is running a city and for director Tuttle's use of comedy actors like Irving Bacon, in serious material. Raft as Ned Beaumont, the minder, fits right in here.

Notice the significant difference is the presence of the mother character in the space that the fiancée takes in the later film. The spectacular auto stunt opening gets things moving rapidly too. This one doesn't work up the intensity of the best of the forties thrillers - no erotic smolder and feelings of growing doom but it's still a good viewing that stands with the best crime films of its day.


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