The Glass Key (1935 film)
|The Glass Key|
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)
|Edited by||Hugh Bennett|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Running time||80 minutes|
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.
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.
- George Raft as Ed Beaumont
- Edward Arnold as Paul Madvig
- Claire Dodd as Janet Henry
- Rosalind Keith as Opal Madvig (as Rosalind Culli)
- Charles Richman as Senator John T. Henry
- Robert Gleckler as Shad O'Rory
- Guinn Williams as Jeff
- Ray Milland as Taylor Henry
- Tammany Young as Clarkie
- Emma Dunn as Mom Madvig
- Charles C. Wilson as District Attorney Edward J. Farr
The film was one of Raft's biggest box office hits of the 1930s.
- Everett Aaker, The Films of George Raft, McFarland & Company, 2013 p 60
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