British officer is assigned to duty in Ireland and gets embroiled in Anglo-Irish battles with an old girlfriend who is now married to an Irishman. Powell learns more than he wanted to know about “the Irish Problem.”
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Is there anything recorded on whether this paved the way for Curtiz to make Casablanca? Because it's the same film... What a goddamn fascinating footnote. How does no one talk about this movie? It's finely made, clearly a stepping stone in style toward Casablanca's masterful verve and rhythm, and I can't see how The Key didn't end up giving us that film. I'd welcome some historical perspective from those who have it.