The Steel Key (1953)

Article 2405 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 10-27-2007
Posting Date: 3-13-2008
Directed by Robert S. Baker
Featuring Terence Morgan, Joan Rice, Raymond Lovell

A con man poses as a scientist in order to get hold of a secret formula for hardened steel. He has to contend with the police and other criminals who also want the formula.

It’s Gizmo Maguffin time. In this case, the Maguffin is as listed above; the formula for hardened steel (personally, I never thought of steel as particularly soft in the first place, but what do I know). It’s never actually used in the film, but everybody’s after it and it leads to murder. The movie is a little confusing at first because it doesn’t leave you much time to sort out the characters and their motivations, but I found the con man charming and clever enough that I got caught up in it anyways, and the plot does sort itself out after a bit. It’s a British B-movie thriller with slight touches of noir to it, and it’s moderately entertaining. It’s worth a look for the curious, if you can find it.



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