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The Dark Corner (Fox Film Noir) (1946)

Lucille Ball , Clifton Webb , Henry Hathaway  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Lucille Ball, Clifton Webb, William Bendix, Mark Stevens, Kurt Kreuger
  • Directors: Henry Hathaway
  • Writers: Bernard C. Schoenfeld, Jay Dratler, Leo Rosten
  • Producers: Fred Kohlmar
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B8380A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,237 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Dark Corner (Fox Film Noir)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by film historians Alain Silver and James Ursini
  • Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

The Dark Corner can't seriously be proposed as a great film noir, but it's one that people cherish. For one thing, it's unique in having Lucille Ball--who has absolutely no "splainin'" to do--as the smart, resourceful, devoted secretary of beleaguered private eye Mark Stevens. Lucy actually rates top billing, with Clifton up-to-his-old-Laura-tricks Webb and William vicious-brute-in-a-white-suit Bendix also getting their names above that of the hero in the credits. In this, there's a certain justice; they all deliver the goods, whereas Stevens seems a tad lightweight as the hardnose, Phil Marlowe type cracking wise and punching his way through the mean streets. His character comes burdened with more backstory than usual for movie detectives; this time, the case the private eye has to solve is his own. The intriguingly convoluted screenplay (by Jay Dratler, who co-wrote Laura, and Bernard Schoenfeld, from a story by Leo Rosten) takes hold like a vise and sustains the tension even though, by rights, its credibility should be shrinking with each passing reel. Henry Hathaway's direction is crisp, and the cinematography by Joe MacDonald (who would next shoot John Ford's My Darling Clementine) is both pungent and gorgeous. With Cathy Downs, Kurt Kreuger, and Reed Hadley, who plays a police detective here but more often supplied the voiceover on Fox's semidocumentary thrillers and Anthony Mann's T-Men. --Richard T. Jameson

Product Description

Lucille Ball has a change of pace role as the loyal secretary of a private eye in this brooding film noir about a man being set up for a murder rap. Framed by his partner years ago, hard-boiled detective Bradford Galt (Mark Stevens) served a two year stretch for manslaughter. Now trying to start over, he spends his time serving his clients and romancing his new secretary, Kathleen (Lucille Ball). But everything changes with the appearance of a sinister man in a whit suit (William Bendix) who's apparently working for Galt's ex-partner, Tony Jardine. When Jardine is killed, the police blame Galt. It's another frame, but if Galt can't prove he's innocent, this time he's headed for death row.

Customer Reviews

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104 of 111 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My first Film noir! January 3, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This is the first film noir movie I ever watched and it hooked me on to the genre. It is a superb movie with it's assortment of characters that often populate the film noir genre. Lucille Ball was excellent as the trusting secretary! Another movie to see of Miss Ball's that displays her acting ability is the Big Street with Henry Fonda. Mark Stevens was an actor I had not heard of before. He was suprisingly very good in his role of Brad. Many people think this is the only film-noir done by William Bendix. It is not. He is also in The Big Steal with Robert Mitchum. Clifton Webb is always delightful and his presence in this movie makes you compare this and his other noir classic Laura. He plays the same kind of character - obbessed with a much younger woman when he himself is an aging prudish man. The plot itself is good with some good dialouge and all the actors are in top form! I am sixteen years old and am a BIG classic movie fan and really enjoyed this movie. I reccomend it to any age group.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DEFINITELY BELONGS IN ONE'S FILM NOIR LIBRARY! November 21, 2004
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Why? Because of a script which constantly rivets one's attention, and with many a surprise along the way.

And because of the sterling performances, especially by a young and gorgeous Lucille Ball and the ever professional Clifton Webb, almost recreating his role of Waldo Lideker in the top-notch classic film, "Laura." His acting is superb in both films.

Cathy Downs, who usually did not play glamorous women, shines in her role of an unhappily married (to an older man) woman. Dressed in gorgous gowns, and with untypical deep brunette upsweeped hair, I barely recognized her in this fragile, true- to-form, performance.

Mark Stevens also fares well as the much beleaguered private detective trying to start a new life in the Big Apple. He has just the right amount of spunk and sincerity.

And let's not forget the legendary-by-now cast of character actors: William Bendix terrific as usual, Donald McBride in a brief scene, Reed Hadley, Constance Collier and even Ellen Corby in another brief scene.

Perhaps not as great or blockbusting as "The Maltese Falcon" or "Murder,My Sweet," this film has a truth of its own and Ms. Ball's performance is something to write home about!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dark One For Lucy February 10, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This often over-looked film noir is a near classic and although it dosn't quite make it to greatness, it does hold up very well against many other better known films in this fasinating genre.
The story centers around a down and out gumshoe (Mark Stevens) who after serving time for a crime that he had been framed for, finds himself being setup for murder by someone who seems bent on destroying his life. Along the way he is stalked by the menacing "White Suit" (William Bendix) and helped by his true blue secretary (Lucille Ball) who is the only one who believes his innocence.
Mark Stevens is excellent as the put-up-on detective who can't understand what is happening to him, and Lucille Ball is very much at home in her role as the love interest.
The "The Dark Corner" is by far one Lucille Ball's best films, it along with "Lured" are a rare look at the mostly untapped dramatic acting ability of an actress who sadly was over-looked as a major film star during Hollywood's golden age.
The production values in this movie are very good the sets, dialog, and lighting are all top-notch although I found the music a little heavy handed.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good December 14, 2005
I became a huge film noir fan after seeing "Laura", the first in the Fox Film Noir series. Since then I've picked up all the new releases in this series religiously. I haven't been disappointed a single time. This one really surprised me. I thought I'd have trouble seeing Lucille Ball as anybody but 'Lucy' but she surprised me. I loved the plot of this movie, I thought it was one of the best film noir plots I've seen. Private eye film noirs are my favorite, and I loved the way this starts as a mystery, then slowly reveals itself as it progresses. I know it's not considered a great film noir, but I thought it was great. Some movies, no matter what other people thought of it, hit you just right. This one did.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light Weight but Still Good February 2, 2006
"Dark Corner" is not up to the level of "Kiss of Death", "Laura", or "He Walked By Night" considering its excellent cast. It remains a decent film with a likeable lower profile lead in Mark Stevens. There's no way for me to ever accept Lucille Ball as the slightest bit sexy. She's Lucy, however she does do her part successfully to move the script along. She's really not asked to be a sexy p.i. secretary or a femme fatale, so, for me, she works well as a Gal Friday. I've said this in other reviews....William Bendix never gives a poor performance.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a terrific movie. August 3, 1999
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The Dark Corner is among the best of the murder mysteries produced by Hollywood. It's little known except in "Noir" circles. The rest of the movie "buffs" don't know what they're missing. It is "Noir". It's also well cast, well paced, full of surprises. It's also a good production; the sets are rich & lush, or dingy or spare or gritty as appropriate. Great dialogue. Then there's the music... this is a real treat. It's woven through the story; not just supporting music but also wafting in and out of windows as a part of the tapestry of the city setting. This is a movie of terrific texture. Don't miss it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Terriffic!
What a great movie. Great to see Lucille Ball in a dramatic roll. would recommend this movie to anyone who likes mysteries and suspense. Great price.
Published 1 month ago by Eleanor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film noir peace
Great cast and wonderful peace of noir. We added this to our collection of film noir and are not sorry. Lucy Ball is really great. Read more
Published 3 months ago by B. Sebastian
4.0 out of 5 stars didn't like the movie but loves lucy
i didn't like the movie, but i love lucy so i can't complain. lucy is beautiful and serious in the movie.
Published 6 months ago by danielle jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars A film noir template
Acclaimed by the NY Times, "The Dark Corner" features film noir tropes which satisfyingly abound in this production. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Curt Tow
3.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Triangle Leads to Murder
Dark Corner, 1946 film

Why is a man in a white suit following them? [Isn't it too obvious?] Bradford Galt invites this man in for a conversation. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Acute Observer
5.0 out of 5 stars great film noir
Terrific cast. Surprise casting of Lucille Ball in a dramatic role. She was terrific.
Suspense and romance added up to an enjoyable film.
Published 8 months ago by julia
2.0 out of 5 stars THIS WAS A VERY GOOD MOVIE!
Wonderful movie but fox film noir didnt do anything special, no bios no extra stuff just the trailor and poster. nothing special. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Fatimah
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Corner Movie
Great movie. Lucy does a great job in this one! I would recommend this movie to anyone. Great for families!
Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Noir
Not quite up to "The House On 92nd Street" or "Kiss Of Death", but well worth seeing, and certainly better than almost anything we're being offered in the theater... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kevin D. Levellie
4.0 out of 5 stars A Few Weak Spots, but still a Frame Turner
The Dark Corner has at least one thing going for it as part of the Fox Film Noir series: At least it's a bona fide noir film rather than a few others in the group that are more... Read more
Published 11 months ago by J. R. Trtek
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