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The Locket (1946)

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Just before a wedding, the bridegroom hears a complex tale painting his lovely bride as devilish and unbalanced.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gene Raymond ...
John Willis
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Mr. Bonner
Henry Stephenson ...
Lord Wyndham
Katherine Emery ...
Mrs. Willis
Mr. Wendell
Fay Helm ...
Mrs. Bonner
Helene Thimig ...
Mrs. Monks
Mrs. Wendell
Queenie Leonard ...
Woman Singer
Lilian Fontaine ...
Lady Wyndham
Myrna Dell ...


Lovely Nancy seems like the ideal bride to fiancée John Willis... until, just before the ceremony, Willis is approached by Harry Blair, claiming to be Nancy's former husband. The tale Blair unfolds (in a flashback within a flashback within a flashback!) paints Nancy as a kleptomaniac, habitual liar, and perhaps worse. But is Blair telling the truth? And does fate have another surprise in store? Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Her Mysterious Secret Wrecked 3 Men's Lives! Not love, not money...but a haunting hunger drove her to lie, cheat, steal. Why? IT'S THE STRANGEST SECRET EVER TOLD! (original poster) See more »


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Release Date:

20 December 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

What Nancy Wanted  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Better than Maltin says
27 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

Though hardly a 'great' movie, this is a thoroughly absorbing and above-average B-movie that keeps one involved. The acting is excellent throughout, and the triply-nested flashbacks are an original conceit. It deserves better than the 2 stars Maltin gives it. Thanks, American Movie Classics, for bringing us this one.

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