Woman in the Dark (1934 film)

Woman in the Dark
Directed by Phil Rosen
Produced by Burt Kelly (associate producer)
Written by Dashiell Hammett (story)
Sada Cowan (writer)
Charles Williams
Marcy Klauber (additional dialogue)
Cinematography Joseph Ruttenberg
Sam Leavitt
Edited by William P. Thompson
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release dates
  • November 9, 1934 (1934-11-09)
Running time
68 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Woman in the Dark is an American film based on a 1933 short story by Dashiell Hammett. It was directed by Phil Rosen, filmed at Biograph Studios by Select Pictures, and released by RKO Radio Pictures.

Plot summary

Released from prison on parole, John Bradley plans to live alone quietly in a cabin in the country. He is visited there by the Sheriff's daughter Helen Grant, on whose account he had got into a fight and killed a man in the past. While he is trying to persuade her to leave, a beautiful disheveled woman in evening dress bursts in. This is Louise Loring, who has run away on foot from her rich protector, Tony Robson.

With a sidekick, Robson pursues her and the sidekick shoots Bradley’s dog. Bradley knocks out the sidekick and Robson reports this to the local sheriff, who wants Bradley back in jail. Tipped off by Helen, Bradley and Louise flee to the New York flat of an old cellmate, Tommy Logan, and there fall in love.

Traced by the police, Bradley escapes with a bullet in his shoulder. Meanwhile Robson has charged Louise with theft in order to trace her and then tries to persuade her to go back to him. Since he is of a vindictive nature and she suspects him of trying to harm Bradley further, she agrees. Bradley arrives with Tommy Logan for a showdown just as Robson decides to murder his sidekick so as to worsen the case against Bradley. The two burst in and expose his plot at the last moment.


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