The Glass Key

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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.

Movie Data


Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 25m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • October 14, 1942



Cast 17

  1. Brian Donlevy

    Brian Donlevy
    Paul Madvig

  2. Veronica Lake

    Veronica Lake
    Janet Henry

  3. Alan Ladd

    Alan Ladd
    Ed Beaumont

  4. Bonita Granville

    Bonita Granville
    Opal 'Snip' Madvig

  5. Richard Denning

    Richard Denning
    Taylor Henry

  6. Joseph Calleia

    Joseph Calleia
    Nick Varna

  7. William Bendix

    William Bendix
    Jeff (Varna's henchman)

  8. Frances Gifford
  9. Donald MacBride

    Donald MacBride
    DIst. Attorney Farr

  10. Margaret Hayes

    Margaret Hayes
    Eloise Matthews

  11. Moroni Olsen

    Moroni Olsen
    Ralph Henry

  12. Eddie Marr

    Eddie Marr
    Rusty (Varna's henchman)

  13. Arthur Loft

    Arthur Loft
    Clyde Matthews

  14. GM

    George Meader
    Claude Tuttle

  15. Dane Clark

    Dane Clark
    Henry Sloss (uncredited)

  16. Bert Moorhouse

    Bert Moorhouse
    Man at Campaign Headquarters (uncredited)

  17. Norma Varden

    Norma Varden
    Henrys' Dinner Guest (uncredited)

Crew 11


  1. HD

    Haldane Douglas
    Art Direction

  2. Hans Dreier

    Hans Dreier
    Art Direction


  1. TS

    Theodor Sparkuhl
    Director of Photography

Costume & Make-Up

  1. Edith Head

    Edith Head
    Costume Design

  2. WW

    Wally Westmore
    Makeup Artist


  1. Stuart Heisler

    Stuart Heisler


  1. AM


  1. BG

    Buddy G. DeSylva
    Executive Producer


  1. VY

    Victor Young
    Original Music Composer


  1. Dashiell Hammett
  2. JL

    Jonathan Latimer

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