Lucille Ball used to be a favorite entertainer of mine. A former RKO/MGM Girl and President of Desilu Television Productions it was in this capacity that Lucy disappointed me. Allegedly ‘dumping’ RKO movies into Santa Monica Bay after purchasing RKO Studio’s in 1957. (Re: These Amazing Shadows-Special Features: Lost Forever).
I’ve decided my favorite Lucille Ball movie is 20th Century Fox’s 1946 film noir The Dark Corner. This movie was a ‘payback’ movie for Lucille from MGM for her suing them trying to get out of her Contract.
I first watched The Dark Corner on: Movies! a new television channel that play mostly classic 20th Century Fox, Paramount, and Columbia movies. The Dark Corner featured Mark Stevens, Lucille, William Bendix and Clifton Webb. Lucille is pretty good in a dramatic role as the wisecracking secretary to Mark Stevens Detective, considering the stress of making the movie under Henry Hathaway’s direction which led to a nervous breakdown for her.
I love the new Movies! Channel but they were a little too much ‘Joseph Breen’ for me when at the end of The Dark Corner there is a comedic exchange between two policemen about a nude female Donatello Statue that made me LOL.
Movies! Blurred out the female anatomy on the statue…I am curious if TCM will follow suit when The Dark Corner is shown tonight at 8:00 pm est. LMK…