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The Glass Key

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The Glass Key
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Original Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Stuart Heisler
Release Date 1942
Studio Paramount Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Paul Madvig Brian Donlevy
Janet Henry Veronica Lake
Ed Beaumont Alan Ladd
Opal Madvig Bonita Granville
Taylor Henry Richard Denning
Nick Varna Joseph Calleia
Jeff William Bendix
Ralph Henry Moroni Olsen

The Glass Key is an American 1942 film noir, based on the 1930 novel by Dashiell Hammett (1942 movie is the second screen adaptation of the original novel after 1935 same title version). It is directed by Stuart Heisler and stars Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd, and Brian Donlevy. Shady political boss Paul Madvig (Brian Donlevy) falls in love to Janet Henry (Veronica Lake) and plans to support her father Ralph Henry (Moroni Olsen) who is running for Governor. Madvig's right-hand man Ed Beaumont (Alan Ladd) believes this to be a big mistake and tries to overpersuade his boss. Meanwhile Janet becomes attracted to Ed. The plot is even more complicated due to the conflict between Madvig and gangster Nick Varna (Joseph Calleia) who is bound with Madvig by illegal business interests.

The following weapons were used in the film The Glass Key:


Colt Detective Special

When mobster Nick Varna (Joseph Calleia) confronts his henchman Jeff (William Bendix), he draws a Colt Detective Special. Ed Beaumont (Alan Ladd) disarms Varna.

Colt Detective Special 1st Gen with Square Butt - .38 Special
Nick Varna draws a revolver.
Ed Beaumont takes away Varna's revolver.
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Ed holds Jeff at gunpoint.
He orders a service man to call for police and doctor.

Smith & Wesson Military & Police

Nick Varna's henchman Jeff (William Bendix) uses a Smith & Wesson Military & Police revolver when he secretly fires at witness Henry Sloss from Paul Madvig's office.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver with 5" Barrel - .38 Special
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Unidentified revolver

A revolver is seen next to the body of Clyde Matthews (Arthur Loft) who shot himself. This gun is seen very unclear.

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Kentucky Flintlock Rifle

A pair of Kentucky Flintlock Rifles and two powder horns are used as decoration over the fireplace in Clyde Matthews' villa.

Kentucky Rifle - .36 caliber.
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