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« on: December 03, 2012, 01:18:40 AM »

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034798/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

The Glass Key (1942) 5/10

Shitty adaptation of a Dashiell Hammett novel, with no remarkable performances or anything else to enjoy. 85 wasted minutes.

Cast, courtesy of imdb

Brian Donlevy    ...   Paul Madvig
    Veronica Lake    ...   Janet Henry
    Alan Ladd    ...   Ed Beaumont
    Bonita Granville    ...   Opal 'Snip' Madvig
    Richard Denning    ...   Taylor Henry
    Joseph Calleia    ...   Nick Varna
    William Bendix    ...   Jeff
    Frances Gifford    ...   Nurse
    Donald MacBride    ...   Farr
    Margaret Hayes    ...   Eloise Matthews
    Moroni Olsen    ...   Ralph Henry
    Eddie Marr    ...   Rusty
    Arthur Loft    ...   Clyde Matthews
    George Meader    ...   Claude Tuttle




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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2012, 02:09:50 AM »

Really?

I thought this one was quite good. 7/10

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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2012, 02:37:24 AM »

I remember liking this one very much.

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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2012, 04:20:25 AM »

It has its moments, but I've never been convinced by Veronica Lake's acting style at all, if she even has any (acting ability), she looks like she was plucked out of high school and dropped into a room with adults, Ladd doesn't fare much better, his, I guess it's supposed to be a tough guy look, but his grinning "baby face" isn't very convincing either 5/10

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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2012, 05:43:06 AM »

I didn't like any of the lead performances, Brian Donlevy, Veronica Lake, or Alan Ladd. (Donlevy is billed first, I guess he must have been the bigger star in 1942, although Ladd's role is definitely the lead). The 2 good performances are by Bonita Granville and William Bendix in small roles.


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« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2016, 06:47:46 AM »

One of the remarkable things of it is Bendix spitting on the floor (action repeated at the end). You see cowboys (i.e. Brennan) spitting on the ground but stll they spit chewed tobacco. This is the first time I see graphic spitting on the floor in a pre-sixties movie. Actually, the action is somewhat repeated by Donleavy when washing his teeth and spitting in the washbasin. That would be more usual at the movies, but still can't remember anything like that in other movies of the era. About Moronica I think she's pretty as hell here and can't understand how somebody can even consider other noir girls this side of Ava Gardner in the same category (and oddly here the whole female fauna is good throughout). Another first, at least for me, is Ladd making out with the  publisher's wife in front of him. Actually I wonder if this scene was taken from Hammett's book or from Chandler's Farewell My Lovely. Be as it is it is quite unusual and wonder how it made it past Breen's (the woman after a fade-out(in that finds her embracing Ladd asks him:"Should we have another?"). What I don't like is the final confrontation with Bendix: I can't remember how was it in the book (I read it in the 80's) but it is goofy especially for how it ends (though Bendix gives a great performance in this scene). I could go on and on but first I ought to read again the book. 7/10

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« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2016, 01:29:09 PM »

Actually I wonder if this scene was taken from Hammett's book or from Chandler's Farewell My Lovely.
It's from Hammett.

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