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VINE VOICEon 26 April 2010
Bradford Galt (Mark Stevens), private eye has a secret past that he moves to New York to escape and set up a new life. Police Lt Frank Reeves (Reed Hadley) is aware of his past and keeps tabs on him. Looks like his past is catching up. Why?

And his secretary Kathleen Stewart (Lucille Ball) insists on helping him get out of trouble as they both get in deeper and deeper.

The story is a lot darker than most film noir and starts off slowly. It take time to review to the audience the plot so it is not so much a twisting plot as it is an unrevealed plat. The main character is not as much as snot but more of a pansy. He thinks he is more of the victim in the story and says so. Clifton Webb is almost the same character as in Laura.

I like all the small things like that of the theater cashier listing to Kathleen talking about begging Bradford to take her to his apartment. You also need to pay attention to what looks like frivolous details as the details become a major part of the plot later. Watch the ink stained suit and the lucky horse shoe key chain.

The voice commentary is almost if not better than the film it's self. We are told may things that are obvious in the film but no obvious as to how it relates to other films. After listening to the commentary you need to watch the film again with what you learned and with the knowledge of the first time through.
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on 31 March 2015
The Dark Corner easily stands above a lot of the pulp noir of the 50s, with a tighter script, better acting and more canny directing than you might expect. Sure, it's no 'Maltese Falcon' or 'Double Indemnity' but the plot is quite different from the standard Hammett/Chandler knock-offs.

On a side note, I haven't seen Lucille Ball in anything else but it's easy to see how she became so famous considering how talented she is in her role here.
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The Dark Corner is a relatively undiscovered gem from the hey days noir filmmaking. A densely plotted, deliberately paced mystery with plenty of atmosphere and an air of tension throughout.

It takes its time setting things up but when it hits its stride it's a cracker from then on. The basic set up introduces us to Bradford Galt (what a name) a tough talking P.I who soon finds himself tailed by an unknown goon. He has a feeling an old colleague/enemy has come back to haunt him and wastes little time in confronting the situation head on. And so begins this tight, twisty little thriller full of murder, intrigue, shadows, adultery, tough talking guys and almost as tough talking dames.

It's aided by a snappy script, very much in the spirit of the day and is also notable for an early(ish) appearance from Lucille Ball (who's excellent by the way). Other films of the period and of its type are more celebrated but this is a class act and certainly comes recommended.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 16 January 2011
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation presents "THE DARK CORNER" (9 April 1946) (99 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Lucille Ball plays the secretary to private investigator Bradford Galt (Stevens) --- Having already done time for manslaughter, Galt's looking for a fresh start --- But before long he's being trailed by a mysterious white-suited thug (Bendix) and sucked into a nightmarish frame-up while Kathleen (Ball) looks on helpless --- With its wheels-within-wheels plot it's a film that grows increasingly compelling and Stevens and Ball generate some tension of their own,

The Dark Corner is a polished gem of a film noir.

Under the production staff of:
Henry Hathaway [Director]
Jay Dratler [Screenplay]
Bernard C. Schoenfeld [Screenplay]
Leo Rosten [Story]
Fred Kohlmar [Producer]
Cyril J. Mockridge [Original Music]
Joseph MacDonald [Cinematographer]
J. Watson Webb Jr. [Film Editor]

1. Henry Hathaway [aka: Marquis Henri Leonard de Fiennes] [Director]
Date of Birth: 13 March 1898 - Sacramento, California
Date of Death: 11 February 1985 - Hollywood, California

2. Lucille Ball [aka: Lucille Désirée Ball]
Date of Birth: 6 August 1911- Jamestown, New York
Date of Death: 26 April 1989 - Beverly Hills, California

the cast includes:
Lucille Ball - Kathleen Stewart
Clifton Webb - Hardy Cathcart
William Bendix - Stauffer, alias Fred Foss
Mark Stevens - Bradford Galt
Kurt Kreuger - Anthony Jardine
Cathy Downs - Mari Cathcart
Reed Hadley - Lt Frank Reeves
Constance Collier - Mrs. Kingsley
Eddie Heywood - Himself (as Eddie Heywood and His Orchestra)

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 99 min on DVD ~ 20th Century Fox ~ (12/06/2005)
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on 30 May 2016
An unusual,but compelling drama.The plot is decent with some snappy one-liners,which may not be in the Bogart,Mitchum or MacMurray class,but are pretty good nonetheless.
Lucille Ball is linked almost inextricably to me,and many others I'm sure,to the 'I Love Lucy' TV series,and this is the only time I've seen her play a straight role,which in fairness she handles very well.
Well worth watching in my view.
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excellent film ,film noir at its best
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on 19 September 2015
watchable on a wet sunday. Acting a bit wooden.
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