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The Dark Corner (Fox Film Noir)

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  • Actors: Lucille Ball, Clifton Webb, William Bendix, Mark Stevens, Kurt Kreuger
  • Directors: Henry Hathaway
  • Writers: Fred Kohlmar, Bernard C. Schoenfeld, Harry Kleiner, Jay Dratler, Leo Rosten
  • Producers: Fred Kohlmar
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Dec 6 2005
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B8380A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,797 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Lucille Ball has a change of pace role as the loyal secretary of a private eye in this brooding film noir about a man being set up for a murder rap. Framed by his partner years ago, hard-boiled detective Bradford Galt (Mark Stevens) served a two year stretch for manslaughter. Now trying to start over, he spends his time serving his clients and romancing his new secretary, Kathleen (Lucille Ball). But everything changes with the appearance of a sinister man in a whit suit (William Bendix) who's apparently working for Galt's ex-partner, Tony Jardine. When Jardine is killed, the police blame Galt. It's another frame, but if Galt can't prove he's innocent, this time he's headed for death row.

The Dark Corner can't seriously be proposed as a great film noir, but it's one that people cherish. For one thing, it's unique in having Lucille Ball--who has absolutely no "splainin'" to do--as the smart, resourceful, devoted secretary of beleaguered private eye Mark Stevens. Lucy actually rates top billing, with Clifton up-to-his-old-Laura-tricks Webb and William vicious-brute-in-a-white-suit Bendix also getting their names above that of the hero in the credits. In this, there's a certain justice; they all deliver the goods, whereas Stevens seems a tad lightweight as the hardnose, Phil Marlowe type cracking wise and punching his way through the mean streets. His character comes burdened with more backstory than usual for movie detectives; this time, the case the private eye has to solve is his own. The intriguingly convoluted screenplay (by Jay Dratler, who co-wrote Laura, and Bernard Schoenfeld, from a story by Leo Rosten) takes hold like a vise and sustains the tension even though, by rights, its credibility should be shrinking with each passing reel. Henry Hathaway's direction is crisp, and the cinematography by Joe MacDonald (who would next shoot John Ford's My Darling Clementine) is both pungent and gorgeous. With Cathy Downs, Kurt Kreuger, and Reed Hadley, who plays a police detective here but more often supplied the voiceover on Fox's semidocumentary thrillers and Anthony Mann's T-Men. --Richard T. Jameson

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This is a really good film with a young and beautiful Lucille Ball giving, probably, her best dramatic performance. For those of you who only know Lucy from TV this movie will come as a big surprise. It is taut and gripping and a fine example of film noir, with an excellent supporting performance by Clifton Webb. I highly recommend this film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 18 2000
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A gripping, intricate film noir about a detective, already framed once, who may go up the river yet again-this time for the murder of his ex-partner, the guy who framed him for the first time. Loyal secretary Ball helps to extricate him from this tangled web. Director Henry Hathaway made THE DARK CORNER in conventional Hollywood fashion, an excellent thriller about a private eye (Stevens) confronting the New York art world as represented by Clifton Webb and his thuggish aide, William Bendix. Resemblances may be found to the amiguities of LAURA, and under the title we noted the presence of STREET SCENE, an orchestral piece to be repeated in the other Fox thrillers of the period.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Button on March 24 2014
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Discovered this rarely aired movie about 20 years ago, and have only managed to catch it on TV once or twice since, since finding it on your site, we can know watch it when we want to, already ran it twice since its arrival, many thanks to you and your team for finding and offering these not so well known titles to us oldies, we really appreciate your efforts, I would recommend this movie to anyone wanting to see a well made movie with a good plot and ending,

Susan Button
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In the play "A Provincial Lady" the great writer Turgenev writes " alone in my dark little corner..awakened
so many memories..surprises"..nothing really cheers us up like surprises in a good sense to wipe away what is negative? That is the nding of this film which turns exceedingly and strangely melodramatic at the end..a holywood ending. Lucille Ball who often complained about getting great roles and went from one studio to has a great role and seems unhappy offscreen but her acting is appropriate in this role but she had a hard time finding roles. Here she is at 20th..I dont know why she didnt like this role, perhaps it hit too close to home, bringing back memories of an unpleasent youth, either way the title is repeated throughout the film. Dark Corner and the lead male character framed, a common element in crime films of the 30's and 40's has to try to undue the charges levelled against him and at film's end he manages to leave happily and all the ends are nicely tied together. At one point he sais he feels dead inside, his life seems meaningless, almost joyless, and the film noir which this film is described as, is characterized as at the times left criticism of society, but actually much more accurately at the psychological-social way in which people act..economics is only part of the reason people may act negatively..issues of power, revenge, control..all these issues are part of film noir..probably the highlight of the films made in hollywood during the golden era and stand up well even to films made today. Here we have agreat director in Hathaway
and the film never lets up..and there is an art plot in it..and at the films end there's a discussion of art..great art..which the film noir is a s compared to other and most films, most reflective of reality.
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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)

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This is the first film noir movie I ever watched and it hooked me on to the genre. It is a superb movie with it's assortment of characters that often populate the film noir genre. Lucille Ball was excellent as the trusting secretary! Another movie to see of Miss Ball's that displays her acting ability is the Big Street with Henry Fonda. Mark Stevens was an actor I had not heard of before. He was suprisingly very good in his role of Brad. Many people think this is the only film-noir done by William Bendix. It is not. He is also in The Big Steal with Robert Mitchum. Clifton Webb is always delightful and his presence in this movie makes you compare this and his other noir classic Laura. He plays the same kind of character - obbessed with a much younger woman when he himself is an aging prudish man. The plot itself is good with some good dialouge and all the actors are in top form! I am sixteen years old and am a BIG classic movie fan and really enjoyed this movie. I reccomend it to any age group.
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