I'd seen The Dark Corner a couple of times in the past but it has been a while so I had pretty much forgotten the plot. It's a 1946 Film Noir with Mark Stevens, Lucille Ball, William Bendix and Clifton Webb. It's got a script by Jay Dratler and Bernard C Schoenfeld, who adapted a story by Leo Rosten. Harry Kleiner and Fred Kohlmar are uncredited for their smaller contributions. The director is Henry Hathaway who later would directed True Grit, Circus World and How The West Was One.
At the time "The Dark Corner" was made, Lucille Ball was suing to get out of her contract with MGM. As a result, MGM loaned her to Fox for this picture, which included a significant pay cut. In later years, Lucille Ball was vocal about hating the experience of shooting "The Dark Corner". The lion's share of her resentment was pointed at director Henry Hathaway, whose bullying reduced Ball to stuttering on set, at which point Hathaway accused her of being inebriated. -IMDb Trivia Page. Too bad Lucy had a crappy time, the movie turned out pretty darn good. It's a good reminder that some directors are pretty awful people.
Lucy plays Kathleen and she's secretary to a Private Investigator called Bradford Galt. Mark Stevens plays Galt. He's an ex-con who served a couple of years in the slammer, he's out and going straight. William Bendix comes into the movie as a PI named Foss but it's all a lie, he's working for someone to frame Galt. The reason's get more and more complicated and a couple of people get bumped off. Galt's in the hot seat for one of them. Kathleen keeps Galt company as he tries to work the case and because it's a movie some romance blooms.
It's a well thought out story with good dialog and great actors to do the words justice. It got a nice mix of location and backlot. The studio sets work well and the lighting is strictly shadows. It's stood the test for repeated viewings for me. Worth a look for those that like that sort of thing.