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The Locked Door (1929)

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On her first anniversary Ann Reagan finds that her sister-in-law is involved with a shady character from her own past, and determines to intervene.


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Cast overview:
William 'Stage' Boyd ...
Betty Bronson ...
Harry Stubbs ...
The Waiter
Harry Mestayer ...
District Attorney
Mack Swain ...
Hotel Proprietor
Telephone Girl (as Zazu Pitts)
George Bunny ...
The Valet
Purnell Pratt ...
Police Officer
Fred Warren ...


While Ann and the son of her boss are out on a ship beyond the 12-mile limit, which allows liquor to be consumed, the son, Frank makes unwanted advances towards her. While she is fighting him off, the ship is raided and the passengers herded ashore. Eighteen months later Ann is celebrating her one year anniversary to Lawrence Reagan when her young sister-in-law announces she is in love, and it turns out to be Frank. Ann decides to save her husband's sister from a fate worse than death, and goes to Frank's apartment to prevent an elopement. Lawrence also goes to the apartment that night, and everyone is entangled in a crime of passion. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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A drama of sacrifice and supreme love







Release Date:

16 November 1929 (USA)  »

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The Locked Door  »

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1.20 : 1
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A nitrate print of this film with sound discs survive in the UCLA Film and Television Archives See more »


Frank Devereaux: Shoot yourself in the head, and if you live, you can become a Waiter.
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Remake of The Sign on the Door (1921) See more »


I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling
Written by Fats Waller and Harry Link
First tune played on the boat
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Enjoyable if utterly unbelievable rubbish
20 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Other comments mention some innovative camera work in this film, but what you'll remember first is the stiff, stagy acting. And yet, you'll keep watching right up to the ridiculous deus-ex-machina ending because the movie isn't terrible enough to make you turn it off. And there are some points of interest.

One, oddly enough, is the set. Devereaux's bachelor pad has Gothic architectural details worthy of Dracula's castle. Funny that as a playboy with no visible means of support (blackmail, perhaps), he should be able to afford such a magnificent place.

Another would be Barbara Stanwyck with a horrendous 1920's hairdo, overacting like she probably never did again. I never believed that she would be so much in love with a husband who looks twice her age and has all the passion and animation of a dead codfish.

Another would be the villain of the piece, played by Rod La Roque as the ultimate lounge lizard with the a perfectly sleazy pencil-thin mustache and a leering, mocking manner to match. But I believed all that far more than I believed his change of heart at the end.

And finally, standing out like a beacon among the minor players, is Zazu Pitts as the ditsy switchboard operator. Very funny.

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