The Glass Key [DVD]
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Stuart Heisler directs this classic drama, based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett. Despite building his empire by turning a blind eye and granting favours to low-class criminals, crooked politician Paul Madvig (Brian Donlevy) decides to clean up his act and back the anti-mob reform candidate Ralph Henry (Moroni Olsen) in the upcoming governor's elections. However, when notorious gangster Nick Varna (Joseph Calleia) learns of the change of heart, he murders Henry's debt-ridden son Taylor (Richard Denning), and attempts to pin the crime on Madvig. With news of the murder about to break, it's left to Madvig's hired muscle Ed Beaumont (Alan Ladd) to prove his boss is innocent before it's too late.
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We're talking about Paul Madvig (Brian Donlevy), a big-time gambler and enforcer who has moved into big-time politics, and Ed Beaumont (Alan Ladd), his right-hand man. This bond of trust and friendship between the two is one of the movie's major themes. It's the engine that drives the movie. Madvig is a tough, cheerful guy who can use his fists or a threat or use a pay-off to get his way. Surprisingly, he's backing a reform candidate for governor. He's gone so far as to shut down illegal gambling operations, which has made a dangerous enemy of gambler Nick Varna (Joseph Calliea). Even more surprisingly, Madvig has fallen for his candidate's daughter, Janet Henry (Veronica Lake).
Beaumont, on the other hand, is a taciturn hard case. He's no one's fool. He's smarter, or at least shrewder, than Madvig. His loyalty to Madvig is complete but he never hesitates to try to talk sense to Madvig. At one point Madvig is bragging about his entry into high society and respectable politics with his association with the candidate he's backing. "I'm going to society, " he says to Beaumont. "He's practically given me the key to his house." Says Beaumont, "Yeah, a glass key.Read more ›
I’ve never been an Alan Ladd fan. His popularity totally baffles me. He has just never convinced me as a tough guy. Rather like Elisha Cooke Jr. In this film, he hangs around Donlevy as his best friend, obeying Donlevy’s every request. A bit like his bitch. Actually, very much his bitch. He goes adoringly out of his way to please Donlevy, taking some serious beatings which I assume fulfils his homosexual need for male physical contact. He can’t get anything sexually out of Donlevy so he turns to the homosexual physicality that William Bendix (Jeff) seems to enjoy indulging himself in. Ladd and Bendix share this latent homosexuality. Or should I say blatant homosexuality. Ladd also has a really creepy smile and shouldn’t be allowed to emote on screen.
A further point about Ladd is his inability to act. His bland monotone is delivered as if he is a depressive or possibly autistic. You’re not going to have a barrel of laughs with this guy. In fact, in real life, there is debate as to whether or not he committed suicide. I think he did.
I was slightly disappointed with this film but I guess it depends on whether or not you like Alan Ladd. The funniest moment comes after Bendix has possibly gone too far with one of his beatings and Alan Ladd tells a waiter “You better get an ambulance in case he’s alive” to which Bendix replies “You better get an undertaker in case he isn’t” Very funny – best bit of the film.
There are several relationships which keep the p,lot wheels spinning. Madvig's sister, Opal is in love with Henry's son, Taylor Henry who is a complete waste of space up to his ears in gambling debts who winds up dead in the gutter. He is found by Madvig's right-hand man and fixer, Ed Beaumont (Alan Ladd) who reports back to his boss about what procedure to follow. Veronica Lake without the peek-a-boo hairstyle played Janet, Henry's daughter; she is in fact, the reason why Madvig was supporting Her Dad. The battle lines are drawn when Varna and his goons try to frame Madvig for Taylor' s killing to wreck Henry's chances of being elected.
Ed Beaumont confronts Varna who aimed to use him as a conduit for raking the dirt on Madvig. He is severely beaten by Varna's goons but eventually escapes via a smashed window and a plummet through a glass roof . It seems as if everybody is doing reverse ferrets and batting for the other side, especially when Opal joins the Varna camp. The camp also has Matthews, a newspaper editor who could splash the 'story'
concerning Madvig's apparent guilt about Taylor's death. The frissons keep coming right up to the end.
There was plenty to keep the audience interested as to the denouement which actually turned out to be somewhat of an anti-climax.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent film old films are still extremely well worth watching againPublished 1 month ago by Les
Terribly wooden performances by both Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. A pity, as it's a great sory by Dashiell Hammett. Enough to warrant a view though.Published 9 months ago by M.Wright
This film again featerd Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake they were only in a few films together he went on to star in lots of other films but sadly she wasn't so lucky ,she was... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Shirley Steadman
This 1942 "film noir" is a very good thing, mixing gangsters, politicians, a whodunnit and one of "swellest dames" in all history of cinema. Read morePublished on 3 April 2014 by Maciej
Alan Ladd in second version of Dashiel Hammett story. Not really a Film Noir but the cast is well rehearsed especially William Bendix as the crazy. Read morePublished on 12 Nov. 2013 by FGW1OLDGUY
Great service, lovely old film at a resonable price. Arrived on time and I cannot think of anything else to say to use up the words.Published on 12 Aug. 2013 by Mrs. Julie Smaldon