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The Glass Key 1942 123movies

The Glass Key 1942 123movies

The Tougher They Are—The Harder They FallSep. 08, 194285 Min.
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Watch: The Glass Key 1942 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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..
Plot: A crooked politician finds himself being accused of murder by a gangster from whom he refused help during a re-election campaign.
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Excellent film noir
I actually saw The Blue Dahlia, another film noir starring Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, and William Bendix, before I saw The Glass Key. While both films are memorable, especially for a fan of the genre like myself, I actually prefer this earlier collaboration. In The Glass Key, Ladd seems more engaged as does Lake. Ladd makes a great protagonist here; he is tough, smart, and determined, essentially the very essence of a self-made man. Lake is the perfect feminine companion for him! An engrossing plot, sharp dialogue, just the right dose of action, perfectly matched heroes and villains, and of course the chemistry between the leads make The Glass Key a classic film noir. See it today!
Review By: perfectbond
“Be sure it doesn’t break in your hand”
In the early 1940s, the unofficial film noir style was only just beginning to find its feet, and much of its inspiration, at least plot-wise, was to be found in the hard-boiled detective novels of authors like Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett N/A. “The Glass Key” was originally published by Hammett in 1931, and was first adapted to film by Frank Tuttle in 1935, with George Raft in the main role. Seven years later, director Stuart Heisler brought the story into the 1940s with his slick, professional tale of nasty political scheming. Very few punches are pulled, and many characters get well and truly “beat up,” but the film itself seems somewhat dispensable at the end of the day. The oddball characters are intriguing without being memorable, their surfaces only scratched as far as the complicated plot requires; likewise, the performances themselves are worthwhile, if not altogether convincing. All things considered, ‘The Glass Key (1942)’ is a solid film noir, but not a timeless one.

When political boss Paul Madvig (Brian Donlevy) decides to back reform candidate Ralph Henry (Moroni Olsen), he stirs up the anger of crime boss Nick Varna (Joseph Calleia), who will be crippled by the partnership. When Henry’s meddlesome son (Richard Denning) is found murdered, everybody suspects Madvig of the crime, including the victim’s beautiful sister Janet Henry (Veronica Lake). It falls to Madvig’s hard-edged assistant Ed Beaumont (Alan Ladd) to sort out the truth of the matter, and to ensure that Varna’s gang doesn’t succeed in snuffing out Madvig’s candidate from the political ballot. Ladd is curiously uneven in the main role. Though he courageously takes multiple beatings with a blood-tinged grin, and talks his way through swathes of lethal encounters, it is the unnecessary romantic moments that bring him down. Whenever he meets Janet Henry, Ladd suddenly acquires this curious lopsided smirk that makes him look weak and uncomfortable – it’s hardly the expression of a man who’s almost always in control of the situation.

Veronica Lake plays her role with a resolute passiveness that gives her character an air of innocence. However, as any good femme fatale should, her apparent inaction radiates a very subtle suggestion of menace, implying that Beaumont would do well to keep a peripheral eye on her movements. Donlevy is assuredly smug and confident as the political man who never loses face (“I just met the swellest dame… she smacked me in the kisser!”), and Calleia is suitably ominous as his sworn opponent. Unusually violent for a 1940s film, ‘The Glass Key’ features men being thrown through windows, throwing themselves out of buildings and Alan Ladd being beaten within an inch of his life (courtesy of William Bendix, whose sadistic pleasure in inflicting pain is almost frightening). Heisler’s film was reportedly an inspiration for Akira Kurosawa’s ‘Yojimbo (1961),’ though I more readily noticed parallels with the Coen brothers’ ‘Miller’s Crossing (1990),’ in which Gabriel Byrne becomes estranged from his crime partner but nonetheless takes innumerable beatings for him.

Review By: ackstasis

Other Information:

Original Title The Glass Key
Release Date 1942-09-08
Release Year 1942

Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 25 min (85 min)
Budget 0
Revenue 0
Status Released
Rated Passed
Genre Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Director Stuart Heisler
Writer Jonathan Latimer, Dashiell Hammett
Actors Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Brian Donlevy
Country United States
Awards N/A
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Camera N/A
Laboratory N/A
Film Length 2,330.2 m (9 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm

The Glass Key 1942 123movies
The Glass Key 1942 123movies
The Glass Key 1942 123movies
The Glass Key 1942 123movies
The Glass Key 1942 123movies
Original title The Glass Key
TMDb Rating 6.7 92 votes

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