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Director:
Writers:
William Hurlbut (writer)
Erich Philippi (original script Geheimnis des Blauen Zimmers)
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Release Date:
20 July 1933 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
CARL LAEMMLE presents the 10 STAR PRODUCTION (original herald -mostly caps) See more »
Plot:
Twenty years after 3 murders occur in a castle's "blue room", three men who each want to marry a beautiful... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Atmospheric and entertaining mystery See more (14 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lionel Atwill ... Robert von Helldorf

Gloria Stuart ... Irene von Helldorf

Paul Lukas ... Captain Walter Brink

Edward Arnold ... Commissioner Forster
Onslow Stevens ... Frank Faber
William Janney ... Thomas Brandt
Robert Barrat ... Paul, the Butler
Muriel Kirkland ... Betty, the maid
Russell Hopton ... Max, the chauffeur
Elizabeth Patterson ... Mary, the cook
Anders Van Haden ... The Stranger
James Durkin ... Kruger, the commissioner's assistant

Directed by
Kurt Neumann 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William Hurlbut  writer
Erich Philippi  original script Geheimnis des Blauen Zimmers

Produced by
Carl Laemmle Jr. .... producer
Henry Henigson .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Heinz Letton 
 
Cinematography by
Charles J. Stumar (camera) (as Charles Stumar)
 
Film Editing by
Philip Cahn 
 
Art Direction by
Stanley Fleischer 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jay Marchant .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Harry Grundstrum .... property master (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Abe Meyer .... musical director (uncredited)
 
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Carl Laemmle .... presenter
 

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Also Known As:
"The Secret of the Blue Room" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
66 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Exterior shots and Heinz Letton's song were borrowed from the 1932 German film Geheimnis des blauen Zimmers (1932) for this American version by Universal.See more »
Quotes:
Betty, the maid:Mary! Mary, did you hear what happened last night?
Mary, the cook:Don't tell me the old cat went and had kittens again.
Betty, the maid:No, silly, it's Mr. Thomas!
Mary, the cook:What?
Betty, the maid:He disappeared.
Mary, the cook:Where to?
Betty, the maid:If we knew where he was, he wouldn't be disappeared, stupid. He slept... in the Blue Room!
Mary, the cook:[suddenly afraid] The ghost room?
Betty, the maid:And he's gone!
Mary, the cook:Oh...
[...]
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Atmospheric and entertaining mystery, 3 June 2000
Author: Raymond Valinoti, Jr. (raymondva@comcast.net) from Murray Hill, NJ

Because it was released by the premier horror studio Universal, focuses on an old castle with a spooky room, and features horror star Lionel Atwill, SECRET OF THE BLUE ROOM has been marketed as a horror film throughout the year. It's actually a whodunit with horror elements that influence but never dominate the film. But it would be close-minded to reject this film just because it's not a full-fledged chiller. SECRET OF THE BLUE ROOM is an enjoyable film that projects an air of menacing mystery and efficiently moves the plot with a palpable suspense until the movie's resolution.

SECRET OF THE BLUE ROOM benefits from attractive sets (leftover from THE OLD DARK HOUSE and FRANKENSTEIN) that convey an ornate yet forbidding castle milieu. Director Kurt Neumann, while no stylist in the James Whale vein, effectively utilizes the setting's atmospheric potential. He provides a suitably eerie aura with taste and restraint, avoiding obvious stunts like self-playing pianos. Such gimmicks would damage the film's mood and credibility.

On the whole, performances are good. The actors and actresses provide believable characterizations that help propel the plot. Particularly impressive are Lionel Atwill as the castle owner troubled by his estate's secrets and Edward Arnold as a detective who handles the castle's mysteries in a domineering, no-nonsense manner. Elizabeth Patterson is mildly annoying as a terrified maid, but fortunately her performance doesn't affect BLUE ROOM's atmosphere.

Curiously, a few of the plot's riddles remain unexplained at the film's end. It would have been logical for Universal to provide a sequel with the same fine cast in order to resolve everything. Instead, the studio chose to remake the film twice with different performers. But BLUE ROOM's minor plot holes shouldn't detract one from enjoying this well-made mystery.

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