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This grade-A example of "film noir" stars Mark Stevens as Brad Galt, an embittered ex-convict who returns to the private detective business upon his release. Sour and surly, Galt behaves himself only when he's around his faithful and adoring secretary Kathleen (top-billed Lucille Ball). When Galt's crooked former partner Tony Jardine (Kurt Krueger) inaugurates an affair with socialite Mari Cathcart (Cathy Downs), Cathcart's waspish art-collector husband (Clifton Webb) arranges Jardine's murder, carefully pinning the blame on Galt. On the lam from the cops, Galt must rely on Kathleen to help gather enough evidence to prove his innocence. Best scene: Cathcart's abrupt but chillingly casual murder of his partner-in-crime (William Bendix). The deliberate lack of background music serves to enhance the gloomy atmosphere of The Dark Corner. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:April 9, 1946


Lucille Ball
as Kathleen
Clifton Webb
as Hardy Cathcart
Mark Stevens
as Bradford Galt
William Bendix
as White Suit
Cathy Downs
as Mari Cathcart
Mary Field
as Cashier
Vincent Graeff
as Newsboy
Reed Hadley
as Lt. Frank Reeves
Eloise Hardt
as Saleswoman
Kurt Kreuger
as Tony Jardine
Molly Lamont
as Lucy Wilding
Hope Landin
as Scrubwoman
Matt McHugh
as Milk Man
Forbes Murray
as Mr. Bryson
Charles Wagenheim
as Foss
Regina Wallace
as Mrs. Bryson
Isabel Randolph
as Woman
Charles Cane
as Policeman
Ellen Corby
as Maid
Lee Phelps
as Policeman
Tom Monroe
as Policeman
Ralph Dunn
as Policeman
Constance Collier
as Mrs. Kingsley
Alice Fleming
as Woman
John Russell
as Policeman
Minerva Urecal
as Mother
Donald MacBride
as Policeman
Peter Cusanelli
as Man
John Kelly
as Policeman
Lynn Whitney
as Stenographer
Charles Tannen
as Cabbie


Henry Hathaway
Fred Kohlmar
Jay Dratler
Joe MacDonald
Emil Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Cyril Mockridge
Composer (Music Score)
Leland Fuller
Art Director
James Basevi
Art Director
Kay Nelson
Costume Designer
Fred Sersen
Special Effects