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The Dark Corner (1946)

aka The Dark Corner

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Details: 99 mins · English

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Cast:

Small Kathleen Stewart
Small Hardy Cathcart
Small Stauffer, alias Fred Foss
Small Bradford Galt
Small Anthony Jardine
Small Mari Cathcart
Small Lt Frank Reeves
Small Mrs. Kingsley
No_movie_poster Himself

Crew:

Small Henry Hathaway Director
No_movie_poster Jay Dratler Screenplay
No_movie_poster Bernard C. Schoenfeld Screenplay
No_movie_poster Fred Kohlmar Production
No_movie_poster Leo Rosten Writer

Plot:

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 spunky 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.