The Dark Corner

The Dark Corner

DVD - 2005
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A detective, already framed for murder once, is framed for the murder of his ex-partner, the man who framed him the first time.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2005]
Edition: Full frame
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.43 DAR NVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 99 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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1916rebels
Jan 23, 2017

hey, me_tarzan, he doesn't FIND the body under his bed, he PUT it there, after finding it inside his doorway. watch again. also after the body of "white suit" is found on the street, the hack says, "how did i know he was gonna take a brodie" ? , he was refering to steve brodie, a bowery bar owner and a political fixer, who jumped from the brooklyn bridge. ("taking a brodie" became common for a leaping suicide, in n.y.c., anyway.) some say it was a stunt, and he might not have done it. either way, the phrase stuck. google it. and you might want to read about it and alot more of bad old n.y.c. in luc sante's book "lowlife", a great source for the seamier side of that city, over a hundred years ago.

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voisjoe1_0
Feb 29, 2016

Director Henry Hathaway (masterpieces True Grit, Call Northside 777, Kiss of Death) got this grade B project and nearly turned it into a grade A film noir. In his younger days, Hathaway was an assistant director under Josef von Sternberg at the end of the silent era. He used this silent era expertise in an excellent five minute nighttime wordless break-in, fight, murder and murder framing sequence, which he achieved without using a double for William Bendix in the violent portions.

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Gizmo_Joe
May 22, 2015

Released in 1946 - "The Dark Corner" is, without a doubt, a very nice slice of Film Noir.

This picture is an enjoyable Murder/Mystery which features plenty of intriguing plot twists & turns throughout its 90-minute running time.

Following his release from prison (after being framed by his business partner), Private-Eye, Brad Galt moves from Los Angeles to New York City, where he soon finds himself being continually dogged by a mysterious man in a conspicuous white suit.

Before Galt can fathom the reason why he's being followed, he finds the body of his ex-partner under his bed. And, soon enough, the police are closing in on him, once again.

With the help of his ever-resourceful secretary, Kathleen, Galt slowly begins to piece the whole mystery together.

"The Dark Corner", starring Mark Stevens and Lucille Ball, is a moody, well-acted, and very exciting motion picture.

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Monolith
Sep 14, 2014

I liked it. I enjoyed seeing Lucy in a dramatic role for the first time and William Bendix' and Mark Stevens' cat and mouse game. I still don't understand how the blatantly effeminate Clifton Webb landed his hetero roles back then (this one, and "Laura", a classic)...

7duffy Sep 06, 2014

Not bad. Story suffers from the time imposed happy ending, but otherwise it was nicely framed. Clifton Webb plays the heel's heel like nobody else. William Bendix as an oafish goon. Mark Stevens gives his tough detective performance and Lucille Ball was a pleasant surprise as his cute, but streetwise, secretary. Much better than the dopey Lucy character she played on TV. Again, not a bad noir film.

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AQUILEA777
Jun 17, 2014

Good noir. Strong plot, quick pace, interesting scenes and characters, attractive cast.

pharg15716 Oct 14, 2013

OK...for all of you youngsters out there, for the period this was a good movie back when the PLOT was important not how someone dressed or said his lines...as long as the good guy won....also..Lucille Ball was in many dramas before she met Desi and started the SILLY lucy show.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Sep 15, 2012

OK. Let's face it - The Dark Corner, from 1946, was good, but, definitely not great, Film Noir._____ I really liked actor Mark Stevens as the P.I., Brad Galt - But, on the other hand, Lucille Ball, as Kathleen, the loyal, lovestruck secretary (wearing shoulder pads to rival those of any football player's), was clearly out of her league in a serious, dramatic role. (I really can't understand why she received top billing)_____ This film contains an absolutely hilarious mistake that wasn't edited out of the final product - When bad-guy Fred Foss gets up from the floor after his brutal scuffle with Galt in the apartment, his toupee is clearly seen standing up and you can see his bald spot before he puts on his hat.

EuSei Aug 08, 2011

Very interesting movie--despite Lucille Ball's wooden, masculine performance. But if you do not like film noire, this is not for you. The plot is believable, but the end was disappointingly predictable. Clifton Web repeating his role as Laura's Waldo, but forgivable, considering his talent. It was fun to hear 1940's slang. As for the title having nothing to do with the movie, Mark Stevens the main character (the "private dick" Bradford Galt) actually says: "I'm backed up in a dark corner, and I don't know who's hitting me."

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fregglover
Dec 21, 2010

This movie is actually terrible. But, it is so terrible that it is actually hilarious. There are so many bad lines, weird happenings, great scenes of men in terrible outfits, and a general lack of acting on anyone's part. Plus, there is no reference to a dark corner or any scene that takes place in a dark corner. The relationships between the characters are unbelievable and confusing. This movie is perfect for a slumber party, however, because you and your friends will laugh the night away because of all the nonsensical mishaps in this film.

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Monolith
Sep 14, 2014

Bradford Galt: "...You know, I think I'll fire you and get me a Tahitian secretary." Kathleen Stewart: "You won't like them; those grass skirts are a fire hazard."

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Sep 15, 2012

Police Officer in art gallery - "Hey, Mac, do you suppose anybody in his right mind ever buys a piece of junk like that?"

EuSei Aug 08, 2011

You should have William Powell for a secretary. (Kathleen)

EuSei Aug 08, 2011

There goes my last lead. I feel all dead inside. I'm backed up in a dark corner, and I don't know who's hitting me. (Bradford Galt)

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Sep 15, 2012

Violence: There are fist fights and people get injured, and even killed in violent ways.

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