The Glass Key
The Tougher They Are - The Harder They Fall

Stars: Brian Donlevy, Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd, Bonita Granville, Richard Denning
Director: Stuart Heisler
Writer: Dashiell Hammett, Jonathan Latimer
Language: English
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Duration: 85
DVD Release: October 1942

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.

Brian DonlevyPaul Madvig
Veronica LakeJanet Henry
Alan LaddEd Beaumont
Bonita GranvilleOpal 'Snip' Madvig
Richard DenningTaylor Henry
Joseph CalleiaNick Varna
William BendixJeff
Frances GiffordNurse
Donald MacBrideFarr
Margaret HayesEloise Matthews
Moroni OlsenRalph Henry
Eddie MarrRusty
Arthur LoftClyde Matthews
George MeaderClaude Tuttle
Brooks BenedictMan at campaign headquarters (uncredited)
Tom DuganJeep (scenes deleted)
William 'Billy' BenedictFarr's receptionist (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr.Politician (scenes deleted)
Dane ClarkHenry Sloss
Victor YoungComposer
Conrad BinyonStubby (uncredited)
Frank BrunoReporter (uncredited)
Walter ScharfComposer
Theodor SparkuhlCinematographer
Kenneth ChrystMan in barroom (uncredited)
Edmund CobbReporter carrying papers (uncredited)
George CowlButler #2 in Henry home (uncredited)
John W. De NoriaGroggins (uncredited)
Vernon DentBartender serving beers (uncredited)
Maurice CostelloCard Player (uncredited)
Frank ElliottPeter, (butler #1 in Henry home) (uncredited)
Tom FaddenBasement Club waiter (uncredited)
Bess FlowersHenrys' dinner guest (uncredited)
J.C. FowlerHenrys' dinner guest (uncredited)
Jack GardnerReporter (uncredited)
Kit GuardBasement Club barfly (uncredited)
Frank HagneyStrongarm thug escorting Sloss (uncredited)
Arthur Stuart HullHenrys' dinner guest (uncredited)
Joe KingFisher (uncredited)
Jack LudenReporter (uncredited)
Wilbur MackMan at campaign headquarters (uncredited)
Joe McGuinnReporter (uncredited)
James MillicanPolitician (uncredited)
Bert MoorhouseMan at campaign headquarters (uncredited)
Edmund MortimerMan at campaign headquarters (uncredited)
Jack MulhallLynch (uncredited)
Spec O'DonnellUsher at campaign headquarters (uncredited)
Broderick O'FarrellHenrys' dinner guest (uncredited)
Tom O'GradyHenrys' dinner guest (uncredited)
Pat O'MalleyPolitician (uncredited)
Stanley PriceMan in barroom (uncredited)
Lillian RandolphBasement Club entertainer (uncredited)
Cyril RingWorker at campaign hedquarters (uncredited)
Francis SaylesSeedy-looking man at campaign headquarters (uncredited)
Charles SullivanCab Driver (uncredited)
George TurnerDr. Redmond (uncredited)
Norma VardenHenrys' dinner guest (uncredited)
William WagnerButler (uncredited)
Fred WalburnKid (uncredited)
Archie MarshekFilm Editor
Hugo GrenzbachSound Department
Don JohnsonSound Department
Haldane DouglasArt Director
Hans DreierArt Director
Edith HeadCustome Designer
Wally WestmoreMakeup Artist
Arthur S. Black Jr.Assistant Director
Genre: Film Noir
Media: DVD
Sound: Mono
IMDb: 0034798