Review: ‘The Glass Key’

This is a tale [from the story by Dashiell Hammett] of politics which involves murder, gangsterism and rocky romances. As murder mystery material, the story provides interesting plot situations. Performances by Raft and others are excellent, the direction is skilled and the dialog job leaves little to be desired, but too much has gone into the narrative that is up the alley of inconsistency.

This is a tale [from the story by Dashiell Hammett] of politics which involves murder, gangsterism and rocky romances. As murder mystery material, the story provides interesting plot situations. Performances by Raft and others are excellent, the direction is skilled and the dialog job leaves little to be desired, but too much has gone into the narrative that is up the alley of inconsistency.

It is a little unreasonable to expect that a daughter would dangerously turn against her father because of accusations that he murdered the man she loved, the son of a senator from whom the father was expecting patronage. It is equally implausible to expect that the politician would dig his own grave by shielding the senator.

Three romances are knitted into the murder mystery, but, in the main, the romantic aspects of the picture don’t impress.

Raft gives a fine performance, as does Edward Arnold, playing the aspiring politician. Senator isn’t much in the hands of Charles Richman, nor do Claire Dodd, Rosalind Keith or Ray Milland register any too well.

The Glass Key

Production

Paramount. Director Frank Tuttle; Producer E. Lloyd Sheldon; Screenplay Kathryn Scola, Kubec Glasmon, Harry Ruskin; Camera Henry Sharp; Editor Hugh Bennett

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1935. Running time: 77 MIN.

With

George Raft Edward Arnold Claire Dodd Ray Milland Rosalind Keith Guinn Williams
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