The Crimson Key

The Crimson Key is a 1947 American mystery film directed by Eugene Forde and written by Irving Elman. The film stars Kent Taylor, Doris Dowling, Dennis Hoey, Louise Currie, Ivan Triesault, Bernadene Hayes and Arthur Space. The film was released on July 2, 1947, by 20th Century Fox.[1][2][3]

The Crimson Key
Theatrical release poster
Directed byEugene Forde
Produced bySol M. Wurtzel
Screenplay byIrving Elman
StarringKent Taylor
Doris Dowling
Dennis Hoey
Louise Currie
Ivan Triesault
Arthur Space
Music byR. Dale Butts
CinematographyBenjamin H. Kline
Edited byFrank Baldridge
William F. Claxton
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • July 2, 1947 (1947-07-02)
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited States


Private detective Larry Morgan is hired by a Mrs. Swann to investigate her husband, who is soon found dead in the studio of Peter Vandaman, an artist. Mrs. Swann is concerned about a missing key belonging to her husband.

Morgan encounters a receptionist, Miss Phillips, who was in love with Swann, and a man, Steven Loring, who suspected his wife and Swann of having an affair. Loring's alcoholic wife, Margaret, mentions a Key Club with a special red key to a locker, but before he can check it out, Mrs. Swann is murdered and Morgan is beaten by thugs and nearly drugged by a woman named Heidi. He eventually discovers Loring's wife to be the murderer.



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  2. B.C. (1947-10-18). "Movie Review - The Crimson Key - At the Rialto". Retrieved 2015-09-30.
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