The Glass Key

The Tougher They Are—The Harder They Fall

Categories: Crime, Drama, Thriller
During the campaign for reelection, the crooked politician Paul Madvig decides to clean up his past, refusing the support of the gangster Nick Varna and associating to the respectable reformist politician Ralph Henry. When Ralph’s son, Taylor Henry, a gambler and the lover of Paul’s sister Opal, is murdered, Paul’s right arm, Ed Beaumont, finds his body on the street. Nick uses the financial situation of The Observer to force the publisher Clyde Matthews to use the newspaper to raise the suspicion that Paul Madvig might have killed Taylor.

Status: Released IMDb
Release date: 1942-10-14
Run time: 85 minute / 1:25
Director: Stuart Heisler
Writer: Jonathan Latimer
Production Company : Paramount
Production Country: United States of America


Brian Donlevy
as Paul Madvig
Veronica Lake
as Janet Henry
Alan Ladd
as Ed Beaumont
Bonita Granville
as Opal 'Snip' Madvig
Richard Denning
as Taylor Henry
Joseph Calleia
as Nick Varna
William Bendix
as Jeff (Varna's henchman)
Frances Gifford
as Nurse
Donald MacBride
as DIst. Attorney Farr
Margaret Hayes
as Eloise Matthews
Moroni Olsen
as Ralph Henry
Eddie Marr
as Rusty (Varna's henchman)
Arthur Loft
as Clyde Matthews
George Meader
as Claude Tuttle
Dane Clark
as Henry Sloss (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse
as Man at Campaign Headquarters (uncredited)
Norma Varden
as Henrys' Dinner Guest (uncredited)
William Benedict
as Farr's Office Boy
Lillian Randolph
as Bar Singer
Bess Flowers
as Dinner Party Guest
Tom Fadden
as Waiter
Chuck Hamilton
as Policeman
James Millican
as Politician
Archie Marshek Editor

Costume & Make-Up
Edith Head Costume Design

Dashiell Hammett Novel

Costume & Make-Up
Wally Westmore Makeup Artist

Hans Dreier Art Direction

Buddy G. DeSylva Executive Producer

Victor Young Original Music Composer

Theodor Sparkuhl Director of Photography

Stuart Heisler Director

Jonathan Latimer Screenplay

Haldane Douglas Art Direction

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