The Glass Key (1935 film)

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The Glass Key
The Glass Key (1935 film) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Frank Tuttle
Produced by E. Lloyd Sheldon
Written by Dashiell Hammett (novel)
Kathryn Scola and Kubec Glasmon (screenplay) Harry Ruskin (additional dialogue)
Starring George Raft
Edward Arnold
Claire Dodd
Cinematography Henry Sharp
Edited by Hugh Bennett
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s)
  • June 15, 1935 (1935-06-15)
Running time 80 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Glass Key is the first of two film adaptations of the classic suspense novel The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett. The film was released in 1935 starring George Raft, featuring Edward Arnold and Claire Dodd, and directed by Frank Tuttle.

The film was remade in 1942, with Alan Ladd in Raft's role, and Brian Donlevy and Veronica Lake in the roles previously played by Arnold and Dodd.


Paul Madvig controls crime and politics in the city, helped by the brains and brawn of Ed Beaumont. As he throws his support behind Janet Henry's father in a political campaign, Paul also plans to marry her.

Janet's brother Taylor is a gambler heavily in debt to O'Rory, a gangster whose club Paul intends to put out of business. Taylor, who has been romancing Paul's younger sister Opal, is found dead. The temperamental Paul falls under suspicion.

Ed pretends to betray Paul while offering to work for O'Rory's organization. He is beaten by Jeff, a brutal thug who works for O'Rory, and has to flee for his life.

Paul is going to face murder charges, but Janet knows who is really behind her brother's death. It's up to Ed to get her to reveal the truth.



The film was one of Raft's biggest box office hits of the 1930s.[1]


  1. ^ Everett Aaker, The Films of George Raft, McFarland & Company, 2013 p 60

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