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The Dark Corner (1946)


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This grade-A example of "film noir" stars Mark Stevens as Brad Galt, an embittered ex-convict who returns to the private detective business upon his release. Sour and surly, Galt behaves himself only when he's around his faithful and adoring secretary Kathleen (top-billed Lucille Ball). When Galt's crooked former partner Tony Jardine (Kurt Krueger) inaugurates an affair with socialite Mari Cathcart (Cathy Downs), Cathcart's waspish art-collector husband (Clifton Webb) arranges Jardine's murder,

Dec 6, 2005

20th Century Fox

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (0) | DVD (9)

A pretty good thriller.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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...a compelling, surprisingly suspenseful little film noir.

January 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

No less than other noir classics, The Dark Corner is full of sadistic bits of business.

December 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A superb film noir in every way possible.

November 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Nifty, effective little thriller.

March 1, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Dark Corner

Standard noir about a twice framed private eye (Mark Stevens) with all the usual suspects: the muscle (William Bendix), the brains: (Clifton Webb) and the beauty (Cathy Downs). The difference here is the curve: Lucille Ball. As secretary/love interest/eye candy to the gumshoe ... it almost seems as if her part were added on. Some trying-to-be-hardboiled-like-Dashiell-Hammett-would-write dialogue don't help none and often adds the unintended air of comic spoof of the genre, overcome in the closing third of the piece. Watchable one time.
January 10, 2014

Super Reviewer

Except for a few good dialogues, the movie has nothing in its favor. It's heavily predictable & short of twists for a film-noir, and lacks the execution that keeps you hooked in a thrilling crime drama. Avoidable as watchable.
November 27, 2012

Super Reviewer

It's hard for a film to be dark and foreboding when Lucy is around, she sparkles far too much for film noir. Her gams may say Double Indemnity but her personality screams Duck Soup.
March 15, 2011
Randy Tippy

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Tight little noir that would have benefitted from a different leading man. Mark Stevens isn't bad he just lacks the charisma and star quality of those other great noir protaganists like Mitchum and Kirk Douglas. Lucy is sharp and sassy as the girl Friday as she usually was in her pre-TV films. Good support from William Bendix plus the great Clifton Webb. Hathaway provides lean direction.
June 29, 2010
jay nixon

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