Created by Leonard Q. Ross (pseud. of Leo Rosten, 1908-97)
"There goes my last lead. I feel all dead inside. I'm backed up in a dark corner, and I don't know who's hitting me."
-- Bradford Galt
Private detective BRADFORD GALT can't seem to get a break in the film noir classic The Dark Corner. After being framed by his partner, he's sent to prison. Upon being released, all he wants to do is start over. Unfortunately, now someone else seems to be setting him up, trying to force him into that "dark corner" all over again. About the only one who believes him is his loyal, long-suffering secretary Kathleen, played by then-unknown Lucille Ball.
A dark little noir gem, well worth hunting down. And Ball's ballsy, assured performance is a revelation, even better than her TV team-up years later with Mannix.
Under the pen name of Leonard Q. Ross, as well as his own name, Leo Rosten wrote several screenplays (including 1947's Sleep My Love) and over thirty books, Leo Rosten later created private eye Sid "Silky" Pincus, but is probably best known for such novels as Captain Newman, M.D., The Education of Hyman Kaplan and its sequel, the gloriously-titled Oh Kaplan! My Kaplan!
Meanwhile, Jay Dratler, who co-wrote the screenplay, also wrote the novel Pitfall, which was made into another solid little B flick (and directed by Andre DeToth).
Based on the story The Dark Corner by Leonard Q. Ross
Starring Mark Stevens as BRADFORD GALT
and Lucille Ball as Kathleen
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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