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.( Collapse )