A month or so ago, I requested that The Glass Key and several other movies, long unavailable on DVD, be released digitally. TCM has given me half my wish — and released them on DVD this week.
The Glass Key, Dashiell Hammett’s commentary on election corruption, which starred Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake, is part of a 3-movie compilation released by TCM. Dark Crimes gives us The Glass Key, another Ladd-Lake film noir, The Blue Dahlia, and Phantom Lady, a wonderful old classic about a man accused of murdering his wife, whose alibi witness cannot be found as he does not know her name. Filled with twists and turns, it’s a movie I’ve not seen for close to a decade, and one which I cannot wait to watch again! However, I can’t help wondering why TCM didn’t include the third Ladd-Lake film, This Gun for Hire, instead of Lady.
I still want TCM to partner with iTunes/Amazon and release these movies digitually, or go off on their own and provide an MP4-type service so those of us who love classic Hollywood films can have them on our laptops. But I am extremely grateful to TCM for finally releasing them on DVD. Now if some of my other (obscure) favorites would receive the same treatment!