The Dark Corner

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The Dark Corner
Dark Corner 1946.JPG
Theatrical release lobby card
Directed by Henry Hathaway
Produced by Fred Kohlmar
Screenplay by Bernard C. Schoenfeld
Jay Dratler
Based on a story in Good Housekeeping
by Leo Rosten
Starring Lucille Ball
Clifton Webb
William Bendix
Mark Stevens
Music by Cyril J. Mockridge
Emil Newman (musical direction)
Cinematography Joseph MacDonald
Edited by J. Watson Webb Jr.
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
April 9, 1946 (1946-04-09TUnited States)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1 million[1]

The Dark Corner is a 1946 black-and-white film noir directed by Henry Hathaway starring Lucille Ball, Mark Stevens and Clifton Webb.[2]


Ex-con turned private investigator Bradford Galt (Mark Stevens) suspects someone is following him and maybe even trying to kill him. With the assistance of his secretary Kathleen (Lucille Ball), he dives deep into a mystery in search of answers. Galt turns the tables on the man following him (William Bendix), who claims to be a private eye named Foss, hired by Galt's sworn enemy, a corrupt lawyer named Tony Jardine. In the meantime, Jardine has begun having an affair with the much-younger wife of Hardy Cathcart (Clifton Webb), a wealthy art-gallery owner. It appears that Jardine is setting up Galt to take another fall. But it turns out Foss is not a private eye but a thug named Stauffer, secretly working for Cathcart. He ambushes Galt, knocking him out with ether, then murders Jardine and places a bloody poker in Galt's hand. Kathleen has fallen in love with Galt, so she aids him in covering up the crime and in trying to find out who's behind it. Cathcart, rather than pay off Stauffer, pushes him through a window to his death. It appears Cathcart has thought of everything, but just as he is about to eliminate Galt at the art gallery, someone else arrives to ruin Cathcart's diabolical plan.



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