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The Dark Corner (1946)




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Brad Galt (Mark Stevens) is a bitter ex-con, turned private eye, who depends upon his faithful secretary Kathleen (Lucille Ball) to keep his life in order. Hardy Cathcart (Clifton Webb) -- upon learning that his wife Mari (Cathy Downs) is having an affair with Galt's crooked former partner, Tony (Kurt Kreuger) -- has his henchman kill Tony and frame Brad for the murder. Suspected by the police and on the run, Brad is helped to clear himself by Kathleen. The ending of the film has an interesting twist as Brad confronts Cathcart in his art museum, and Cathcart confesses to being responsible for the murder of Tony. Expertly directed by Henry Hathaway, and with characteristically excellent performances by Clifton Webb and William Bendix, the tense mood of the film is greatly aided by the superb, dark photography of Joe MacDonald, grim darkness becoming the pervasive motif of Brad's predicament. The ending, nicely melodramatic, is a fitting finale for this enjoyable, extremely watchable mystery.


Mark Stevens
as Bradford Galt
Lucille Ball
as Kathleen Stewart
Clifton Webb
as Hardy Cathcart
William Bendix
as Stauffer, alias Fred Foss
Kurt Kreuger
as Tony Jardine
Cathy Downs
as Mari Cathcart
Reed Hadley
as Lt. Frank Reeves
Constance Collier
as Mrs. Kingsley
Molly Lamont
as Lucy Wilding
Forbes Murray
as Mr. Bryson
Regina Wallace
as Mrs. Bryson
as Daughter
Matt McHugh
as Milk Man
Hope Landin
as Scrubwoman
Gisela Werbiseck
as Mrs. Schwartz
Frieda Stoll
as Frau Keller
Thomas Martin
as Major Domo
Mary Field
as Cashier
Eloise Hardt
as Saleswoman
Thomas Louden
as Elderly Man
Eugene Goncz
as Practical Sign Painter
Lee Phelps
as Cabbie
Colleen Alpaugh
as Little Girl
Thomas Lockyear
as Elderly Man
Lynn Whitney
as Stenographer
Charles Cane
as Policeman
John Russell
as Policeman
Ralph Dunn
as Policeman
John Kelly
as Policeman
Donald MacBride
as Policeman
Tom Monroe
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for The Dark Corner

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

A pretty good thriller.

April 3, 2009 | Full Review…

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

December 24, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

When the film, directed by Henry Hathaway, is good, it is very good indeed for this sort of uninhibited whodunit. It is sparked by a most engaging performance by Lucille Ball.

November 19, 2020 | Full Review…

It's difficult to dismiss an early performance by Ball - and a serious one, after a string of comedies and musicals - before she would become immortalized as Lucy.

August 4, 2020 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

...a compelling, surprisingly suspenseful little film noir.

January 18, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A superb film noir in every way possible.

November 4, 2004 | Rating: A | Full Review…

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

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.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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