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The Glass Key

In this slick updating of Dashiell Hammet's crime novel, political boss Paul Madvig (Brian Donlevy) falls for reform politician Ralph Henry's attractive daughter Janet (Veronica Lake), despite the caution of his best friend, Ed Beaumont (Alan Ladd). Paul's efforts to disassociate himself from the criminal underworld backfire, however, when he is accused of murdering Janet's disreputable brother, and a casino owner Paul had offended sends his sadistic thugs after Ed in revenge.

Release Date

October 23, 1942

Running Time

85 minutes

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Brian Donlevy

Brian Donlevy

Veronica Lake

Veronica Lake

Alan Ladd

Alan Ladd

William Bendix

William Bendix


Director Stuart Heisler

Screenplay Jonathan Latimer

Producer Fred Kohlmar, Buddy G. DeSylva (uncredited)

Cinematography Theodor Sparkuhl

Editing Archie Marshek

Music Victor Young

Distributor Paramount Pictures

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