MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 375 this week

Seven Keys to Baldpate (1935)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Mystery, Romance  |  13 December 1935 (USA)
5.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 134 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 2 critic

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

Writers:

(novel), (play), 4 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 2508 titles
created 08 Jan 2012
 
list image
a list of 132 titles
created 03 Mar 2013
 
a list of 727 titles
created 27 Mar 2013
 
list image
a list of 477 titles
created 28 Jan 2014
 
a list of 43 titles
created 26 Mar 2014
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Seven Keys to Baldpate (1935)

Seven Keys to Baldpate (1935) on IMDb 5.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Seven Keys to Baldpate.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An American writer goes to a remote Welsh manor on a $20,000 bet: can he write a classic novel like "Wuthering Heights" in twenty-four hours? Upon his arrival, however, the writer discovers... See full summary »

Director: Pete Walker
Stars: Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing
Film-Noir | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When a woman he meets is murdered, a soon to be drafted sailor has until dawn to find the killer, aided by a weary dance hall girl.

Director: Harold Clurman
Stars: Susan Hayward, Bill Williams, Paul Lukas
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Dick is watching the fleet come in when he sees June. Dick has no intention of joining the Navy, which is a family tradition, and June, having lost her father and brother in the Navy, does ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Lewis Stone
The Glass Key (1942)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

During the campaign for reelection, the crooked politician Paul Madvig decides to clean up his past, refusing the support of the gangster Nick Varna and associating to the respectable ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Heisler
Stars: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Brian Donlevy
Bombshell (1933)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Sexpot film star Lola Burns seeks a new image and tries marrying a marquis, adopting a baby -- all sorts of schemes which go awry.

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Jean Harlow, Lee Tracy, Frank Morgan
Comedy | Musical | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A dangerous amnesiac escapes from an asylum, hides in the opera house, and is suspected of getting revenge on those who tried to murder him 13 years ago.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
Stars: Warner Oland, Boris Karloff, Keye Luke
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Small time con artist Lefty Merrill has co-organized a crooked dance marathon and set-up his girlfriend to win the prize money. When his partner disappears with money before the contest is ... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: James Cagney, Mary Brian, Allen Jenkins
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A writer bets a friend that he can write a 10,000-word novel in 24 hours. The friends takes the bet, and gives him the keys to his Baldpate Inn, which has been closed for the winter, so he ... See full summary »

Director: Hugh Ford
Stars: George M. Cohan, Anna Q. Nilsson, Hedda Hopper
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Monte Luke
Stars: Dorothy Brunton, J. Plumpton Wilson, Agnes Keogh
Seven Keys to Baldpate (TV Movie 1946)
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  
Stars: Vinton Hayworth, Eva Condon, Vaughn Taylor
Comedy | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Fred C. Newmeyer
Stars: Douglas MacLean, Edith Roberts, Anders Randolf
To Trap a Spy (1964)
Comedy | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The pilot for the TV series "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," re-edited and released to theaters as a feature.

Director: Don Medford
Stars: Robert Vaughn, Luciana Paluzzi, Pat Crowley
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Raymond ...
Margaret Callahan ...
Eric Blore ...
Prof. Harrison Boulton
...
Moroni Olsen ...
Erin O'Brien-Moore ...
...
Adalbert 'Lem' Peters / The Hermit
...
Station Agent
Ray Mayer ...
Erville Alderson ...
Chief of Police Roberts
Murray Alper ...
Max the Monk
Harry Beresford ...
Emma Dunn ...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

inn | safe | thief | author | money | See All (20) »


Certificate:

Approved
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 December 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

As 7 Chaves de Baldpate  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Connections

Version of Seven Keys to Baldpate (1946) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Which key gets me out of here?
17 January 2005 | by (Minffordd, North Wales) – See all my reviews

George M Cohan's success as a songwriter and performer has obscured the fact that he also wrote or co-wrote many plays, most of which were very successful in their day. But Cohan's plays have dated badly. He relied heavily on one very contrived device. Most of Cohan's plays feature a wide assortment of very old-fashioned stock characters, contrasted with a wise-cracking slang-slinging protagonist (often played by Cohan himself) who speaks directly to the audience, and who comments on the stiffness of all the other characters in the cast.

'Seven Keys to Baldpate', which Cohan adapted from a novel by Earl Derr Biggers -- now remembered as the creator of Charlie Chan -- is the only Cohan play which is still revived with any frequency. Even this one is squeaky and creaky. The story has been filmed (to date) *seven* times under its original title, with some disguised remakes such as 'House of Long Shadows' and Gene Wilder's wretched 'Haunted Honeymoon' (which ripped off its one and only funny gag from the unjustly obscure comedy 'Murder, He Says').

This 1935 edition is probably the best film version, which isn't saying much. It modernises the material somewhat, deviating significantly from Cohan's original play. Gene Raymond portrays a novelist who comes to the old abandoned Baldpate Inn so as to get some peace and quiet while he writes a novel. He expects to be left alone because he possesses the one and only key to Baldpate ... so nobody else can get in. But then a succession of oddball characters show up, each one weirder than the last ... and each one possesses what he or she claims is the one and only key to Baldpate.

There's a 'surprise' ending that's quite obvious, especially if you've seen 'Haunted Honeymoon'. The best performance in this 1935 movie is by Henry Travers, as a crusty hermit who's misogynistic with it, and who is busy writing a manuscript denouncing womankind. 'Hey, mister!' he shouts, interrupting just as Gene Raymond is about to smooch bland leading lady Margaret Callahan. 'If I start a sentence with the word 'women', do I *hafta* use a capital W?' That's a typical example of the weak humour on offer here.

Cohan's original play ended with a startling piece of meta-fiction, a coup de theatre in which we learn that the events we've just witnessed are actually the contents of the novelist's manuscript, which he has already written. It would have been an improvement if this 1935 film version had attempted something like that, instead of the flat obvious ending which this movie has. I'll rate it 3 out of 10, mostly for its fine cast of supporting actors.


12 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Seven Keys to Baldpate (1935) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?