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the over-looked players helped a little too
I remember being swept away when I first saw this one, and it still holds up. As usual it wasn't just the stars that held this together and made it stick in the memory. Catch the versatile Joseph Calleia, so smoothly sinister, and for contrast, William Bendix as the brutal henchman who loved his work...both in contrast to the slightly less impressive principals. And, it all works.
The short description doesn't do it justice.
This movie has it all - suspense, good dialogue and a story that runs deep. What do you do when your best friend, a man who commands your first loyalty now and ever puts himself in danger for a woman you know is just trying to destroy him? You pretend to turn your coat (even to him) and infiltrate all his enemies and play them against one another to save his butt... and accidentally fall in love with the woman in question. Brian Donlevy is perfect. Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake are adequate. And the story itself is so good that years later the Cohen brothers remade it (with a couple variations) as Miller's Crossing. It is fill of dangerous situations that could turn on a dime, the way a gangster movie should be.
can't wait for it to come out on dvd, Veronica Lake is so sexy.
The Glass Key
- Jim Campbell
Great, underrated film noir movie that should be on DVD. I would LOVE to see someone put together an Alan Ladd noir set on DVD,i.e., The Glass Key, The Blue Dahlia, Lucky Jordan, Salty O'Rourke, This Gun For Hire, Two Years Before The Mast, etc. At least, TMC, show The Glass Key OFTEN!!
Great Dashiell Hammett novel, too!!
- David Dillon
I really hope SOMEONE figures out how to get this movie on DVD!! It's a great film noir movie (my favorite style), and deserves to be released on DVD to let people appreciate it forever. The chemistry between Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake is wonderful! Don't miss seeing it!
D'OH!!! Not on DVD!!?
I must agree with Steve's comment, "SHOW OFTEN!!!". This is such an excellent film noir. If it isn't on DVD how else will people be able to enjoy it, lest it be on TCM. I am amazed this film has been so overlooked. For anyone who loves film noir, this one is for you. The dialogue delivers prime noir lingo. Definitely one to be watched again and again!
- Steve Jump
Major early noir. Reasonably faithful adaptation of Hammett novel. Major source material for Coens' "Miller's Crossing." Title could have provided theme for Fitzgerald story.
Once available as Region-2 DVD, but no longer
This is the only film pairing Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd to not have a Region-1 (North America) DVD Release, and I've never understood why. Great little film with Brian Donlevy as his best bad-guy type, with plenty of Veronica Lake being, well, Veronica Lake. Just perfect.
love all veronica lake movies
- sandra seidel
the glass key was full of adventure romance and action (super film-put on dvd please also i married a witch and BLUE DALHA - DVD PLEASE SANDY THANKS YOU