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Seven Keys to Baldpate (1929)

A writer, looking for some peace and quiet in order to finish a novel, takes a room at the Baldpate Inn. Peace and quiet are last things he gets, though, as there are some very strange things going on at the establishment.

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Writer William Magee accepts a wager that he can finish writing a book in 24 hours, and travels to the deserted inn Baldpate, a summer resort now in the midst of winter, including a blizzard, to finish his opus. Told his is the only key, Magee is interrupted numerous times in the first hours by a parade of characters who appear to be in search of $200,000 meant as a bribe for a local politician, and who all seem to have an only key. As the situations become as outlandish as any he could concoct for his novel, Magee lets his infatuation with one of the "guests" get in the way of writing and solving the plot behind all that's happening at Baldpate. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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George M. Cohan's play opened on Broadway in New York at the Astor Theater on September 22nd, 1913 and ran for 320 performances. See more »

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Mary Norton: Oh, William Halliwell Magee? Do you know, I've read every book you ever wrote.
Thomas Hayden: Oh, my gosh!
Mary Norton: And loved every one of them.
William Halliwell Magee: [Magee has been pooh-poohing the idea of love at first sight until introduced to Mary Norton] You're wonderful. I mean... uh... that's wonderful.
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Richard Dix Classic
1 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Always enjoyed veteran actor Richard Dix and was very surprised to view this 1929 film, which tells the story about Dix leaving New York and going to a far away place in a very cold and lonely resort mansion. Dix accepted an offer of $5,000.00 if he could write a novel in this isolated place. He was given the only key and housekeepers were informed of his arrival and heated up the place for him. Dix sits at his typewriter and starts to work on his book which he has to complete in 24 hours in order to win the bet with his friend who owns the resort.

You will never be able to figure out just what happens and it is a real comedy as well as, a drama and a crime to be solved.


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