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|The Glass Key|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Frank Tuttle|
|Produced by||E. Lloyd Sheldon|
|Written by||Kathryn Scola|
Kubec Glasmon (screenplay)
Harry Ruskin (additional dialogue)
|Based on||The Glass Key|
by Dashiell Hammett
|Edited by||Hugh Bennett|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
The Glass Key, released in 1935, is the first of two film adaptations of the suspense novel The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett. The film stars George Raft, featuring Edward Arnold and Claire Dodd, and directed by Frank Tuttle.
Paul Madvig (Edward Arnold) controls crime and politics in the city, helped by the brains and brawn of Ed Beaumont (George Raft). As he throws his support behind Janet (Claire Dodd) Henry's father in a political campaign, Paul also plans to marry her.
Janet's brother Taylor (Ray Milland) is a gambler heavily in debt to O'Rory (Robert Gleckler), a gangster whose club Paul intends to put out of business. Taylor, who has been romancing Paul's younger sister Opal (Rosalind Keith), 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 (Guinn Williams), 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
Writing for The Spectator, Graham Greene described the film as "unimaginatively gangster" and grouped it with the contemporary comedy No More Ladies to describe both as "second rate" and "transient". Nevertheless, the film became one of Raft's biggest box office hits of the 1930s.
- Schallert, Edwin (February 20, 1935). "Binnie barnes scores as new personality; placed in "storm over the andes"". Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File).
- Greene, Graham (5 July 1935). "The Bride of Frankenstein/The Glass Key/No More Ladies/Abyssinia". The Spectator. (reprinted in: Taylor, John Russel, ed. (1980). The Pleasure Dome. p. 6. ISBN 0192812866.)
- Aaker, Everett (2013). George Raft: The Films. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 60. ISBN 978-0786466467.
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