The Glass Web

The Glass Web is a 1953 3-D film noir crime film directed by Jack Arnold and starring Edward G. Robinson, John Forsythe, Marcia Henderson and Kathleen Hughes.[1] It is based on Max Simon Ehrlich's 1952 novel "Spin the Glass Web".

The Glass Web
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJack Arnold
Produced byAlbert J. Cohen
Screenplay byRobert Blees
Leonard Lee
Based onSpin the Glass Web
by Max Simon Ehrlich
StarringEdward G. Robinson
John Forsythe
Marcia Henderson
Kathleen Hughes
CinematographyMaury Gertsman
Edited byTed J. Kent
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States


A research authority for television crime show knows too much about fact-based murder story.



Critical response

When the film was first released, The New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther gave the film a negative review, writing, "Aside from the price of silence, which seems a most original one, there is little else that is original or even startling in this film. Katherine Hughes, who plays the blonde number, makes a dainty dish of poison, it is true, but the rest, including the performances of the two gentlemen, is pretty routine. As for suspense, it is evident who did the murder all the time. And it is plain that Mr. Forsythe will not be butchered. So what goes with this sort of show? Pardon a slightly pointed comment, but it's the kind of film you might see on TV.[2]


  1. The Glass Web on IMDb.
  2. Crowther, Bosley. The New York Times, "Edward G. Robinson and John Forsythe Star in The Glass Web, a Thriller at Palace film", film review, November 12, 1953. Accessed: July 8, 2013.
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