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The Key (1934 film)

The Key
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Produced by Robert R. Presnell, Sr.
Written by Laird Doyle
R. Gore Brown
Jocelyn Lee Hardy
Starring William Powell
Edna Best
Music by Allie Wrubel (composer)
Mort Dixon (composer)
Cinematography Ernest Haller
Edited by Thomas Richards
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
  • June 9, 1934 (1934-06-09) (U.S.)
Running time
71 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Key is a 1934 American Pre-Code film directed by Michael Curtiz. It was re-issued as High Peril (pre-release title Sue of Fury) in 1960.[1]

The story concerns a love set during the [2]


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  • Cast 2
  • Background 3
  • References 4
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After the Great War Hardy served as a military intelligence officer attached to the Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary during the Irish War of Independence.[4] He specialised in interrogating IRA prisoners.[5]

One of the writers of the film script was Captain J L 'Hoppy' Hardy, a decorated veteran of World War I who had made repeated escapes from German prisoner of war camps. His nickname derived from his wooden leg, having lost a limb in combat.




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