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Year
1942
Runtime
85 min.
Director
Stuart Heisler
Genres
Crime, Drama, Thriller, Film-Noir
Rating *
7.1
Votes *
3,906
Checks
1,066
Favs
49
Dislikes
9
Favs/checks
4.6% (1:22)
Favs/dislikes
5:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    As Noir, The Glass Key has something going for it, chiefly how wonderfully violent it is. Alan Ladd's escape from the thugs around the mid-point, after being beaten to a pulp, has a visceral feel, and I like the most interesting villain in the film has to be William Bendix's gleefully sadistic and unhinged henchman. But it's all a bit too convoluted and difficult to follow for my tastes. It took me a while just to get my bearings as to who had what skin in the game, as we follow people who SUPPORT someone in an election, but not really the campaign itself. And though he has a fun scene here and there - like calling the cops on the mobsters right in front of them - Brian Donlevy as the hard-nosed D.A. framed for a murder he didn't commit (or did he?) gives too cool a performance, so it seems like nothing, good or bad, affects him, putting the audience at an emotional remove from the film. A fragile thing, tone. You could almost call it... a glass key. 5 years ago
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    Henry K Hurtin

    It's not your typical noir, but still enjoyable. 12 years 1 month ago
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In 3 official lists

  1. This movie ranks #5 in TSPDT's 100 Essential Noir Films
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  2. This movie ranks #5 in TSPDT's 1,000 Noir Films
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  3. This movie ranks #23 in 101 Gangster Movies You Must See Before You Die
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