The Dark Corner (1946)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Film Noir, Romantic Mystery  |   Release Date - Apr 9, 1946 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - UK, USA  |  
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This grade-A example of "film noir" stars Mark Stevens as Brad Galt, an embittered ex-convict who returns to the private detective business upon his release. Sour and surly, Galt behaves himself only when he's around his faithful and adoring secretary Kathleen (top-billed Lucille Ball). When Galt's crooked former partner Tony Jardine (Kurt Krueger) inaugurates an affair with socialite Mari Cathcart (Cathy Downs), Cathcart's waspish art-collector husband (Clifton Webb) arranges Jardine's murder, carefully pinning the blame on Galt. On the lam from the cops, Galt must rely on Kathleen to help gather enough evidence to prove his innocence. Best scene: Cathcart's abrupt but chillingly casual murder of his partner-in-crime (William Bendix). The deliberate lack of background music serves to enhance the gloomy atmosphere of The Dark Corner.

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private-detective, ex-convict, frame-up, husband, murder, partner, secretary, socialite