February 10th, 2021


Movie Critique - The Glass Key

Stars: 4 / 5

Recommendation: A realistic film noir with a touch of psychosis; a shade of humor; depth of matters of heart; and motivations that are so muddled we see betrayals and honor fighting with each other till the very end.

The Glass Key is a 1942 American crime drama film noir directed by Stuart Heisler, produced by Fred Kohlmar with uncredited support by Buddy G. DeSylva; and released by Paramount Pictures. The film stars Brian Donlevy, Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd, Richard Denning, Bonita Granville, Joseph Calleia and William Bendix among others. 

Paul Madvig (portrayed by Brian Donlevy), a shady political boss falls in love with Janet Henry (portrayed by Veronica Lake), daughter of reform candidate for governor, Ralph Henry. But Paul's right hand man Ed Beaumont (portrayed by Alan Ladd) doesn’t believe Janet and Ralph's motives. But Janet falls for Ed instead. And more trouble surfaces around them in the form of relatives, family, friends and foe alike; leading to murder, political corruption, betrayal and heartbreaks.

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Movie Critique - Kiss of Death

Stars: 5 / 5

Recommendation: Film noir with some real intense moments which shake you to the bone and they definitely made me shiver while telling the tale of two crooks with polar opposite characters - one filled with a moral heart; and the other has no heat at all. 

Kiss of Death is a 1947 American film noir directed by Henry Hathaway and produced by Fred Kohlmar, and released by 20th Century Fox. The film has some big name stars who appeared on A and B movies in several film noir such as Victor Mature, Brian Donlevy, Coleen Gray and Richard Widmark among others.

Nick Bianco (Victor Mature) is caught running from a jewelry heist and assault on a police officer, sentenced to 20 year jail time. Assistant District Attorney Louis D'Angelo (portrayed by Brian Donlevy) tried to get the names of his accomplices, and he caves in turning police informant. After released from jail he moves to Queens with his new wife and kids, but now he is pursued by a psychopathic killer against who he had testified.

The film is based on a story by Eleazar Lipsky, former assistant district attorney for city of New York. Screenplay was written by Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer. It received two Academy Award nominations - For Best Supporting Actor to Richard Widmark and Best Motion Picture Story to Eleazar Lipsky.

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