Directed by Henry Hathaway
USA 1946


Lucille Ball stars in this quality film noir. Cunningly plotted and ominously atmospheric, a down-at-heel private eye finds himself accused of a murder he didn't commit

Long before she found fame as the dizzy wannabe starlet in sitcom 'I Love Lucy', Lucille Ball had a reputation for brightening up even the dullest studio-made drama. The Dark Corner catches her just before she entered the big league and the result is a highly accomplished thriller, undeservedly eclipsed by her later achievements.

Here she plays the secretary to private investigator Bradford Galt (Stevens). Having already done time for manslaughter, Galt's looking for a fresh start. But before long he's being trailed by a mysterious white-suited thug (Bendix) and sucked into a nightmarish frame-up while Kathleen (Ball) looks on helpless.

With its wheels-within-wheels plot it's a film that grows increasingly compelling and Stevens and Ball generate some tension of their own, he with his flirty little asides, she by tugging seductively at her nylons. A bluesy score emphasizes the seedy vibe and though the film doesn't have the scope of, say, The Maltese Falcon, it's still a deadly thriller laced with style and pitch-black wit

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Theatrical Release: April 9th, 1946

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Distribution 20th Century Fox Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:39:09 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.62 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Subtitles English, Spanish, None

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Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Video

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Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

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

DVD Release Date: December 6th, 2005

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This image is fairly good although it does show occasional softness. Contrast is excellent. Audio is quite strong (this time I listened to the 2.0 track). Overall it is of the same quality as the other Fox Noirs (maybe a notch below) which is very gratifying to the genre's fans. I liked the film quite a bit but not on the same level as Kiss of Death (which I loved). This is still a must-own Noir DVD as far as I am concerned.  

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