The Glass Key (1935)





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Adapted from one of Dashiell Hammett's best novels, The Glass Key is a lively and straightforward melodrama of political corruption and urban intrigue. George Raft plays Ed Beaumont, the right-hand man to genial ward heeler Paul Madvig (Edward Arnold), who wants to clean up his political act. On the eve of a major election, Madvig is implicated in a murder, and it's up to Beaumont to help him out. Intimately involved in the case is Janet Henry (Claire Dodd), the sister of the murdered man and the daughter of "above reproach" Senator Henry (Charles Richman). Though no babe-in-the-woods, Beaumont is in for quite a few disillusionments as he pursues his investigation, though he does rather better romantically than the redoubtable Madvig. The Glass Key was remade (and improved) in 1942, with Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake and Brian Donlevy; neither version, however, has as much bite and vitriol as the Hammett original.
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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George Raft
as Ed Beaumont
Edward Arnold
as Paul Madvig
Claire Dodd
as Janet Henry
Ray Milland
as Taylor Henry
Rosalind Keith
as Opal Madvig
Robert Gleckler
as Shad O'Rory
Tammany Young
as Clarkie
Harry Tyler
as Henry Sloss
Matt McHugh
as Puggy
Pat Moriarity
as Mulrooney
Mack Gray
as Duke
Frank Marlowe
as Walter Ivans
Herbert Evans
as Senator's Butler
Percy Morris
as Bartender
Irving Bacon
as Waiter
Frank O'Connor
as McLaughlin
Michael Mark
as Swartz
George H. Reed
as Black Serving Man
Del Cambre
as Reporter
Veda Buckland
as Landlady
Charles Richman
as Sen. Henry
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