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The Locket (1946)

Not Rated | | Drama, Film-Noir | 20 December 1946 (USA)
Just before a wedding, the bridegroom hears a complex tale painting his lovely bride as devilish and unbalanced.

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Cast

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Dr. Blair
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Norman Clyde
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John Willis
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Mr. Bonner
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Lord Wyndham
Katherine Emery ...
Mrs. Willis
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Mr. Wendell
Fay Helm ...
Mrs. Bonner
Helene Thimig ...
Mrs. Monks
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Mrs. Wendell
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Woman Singer
Lilian Fontaine ...
Lady Wyndham
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Thelma
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Storyline

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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Men took their lives in their hands when they took her in their arms! From one's mans to another she fled - trying to escape the evil memory of the tragic trinket whose strange power changed her life ... destroyed her loves! (LIFE 1947) See more »

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Drama | Film-Noir

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20 December 1946 (USA)  »

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What Nancy Wanted  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The film is noted for a flashback within a flashback within a flashback. Assuming the film begins in the 'present' day and mentions in dialogue, the strands occur variously in 1946, 1938 and beyond, around 1935, childhood scenes around 1925 and back again. Needless to say, hairstyles and fashions pay no attention to this whatsoever. See more »

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When Nancy and Norman are sitting at Luigi's restaurant talking, the length of the candle goes up and down several times as the camera angle is changed. See more »

Quotes

Nancy Monks Blair Patton: Okay... you be the dropper, I'll be the deer!
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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Fatale beauté (1994) See more »

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Hands, Knees and Boomps-a-Daisy
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Written by Annette Mills
Performed by Queenie Leonard
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Masterful use of flashbacks.
6 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saw this for the first time on Turner Classic last night and was thoroughly impressed with the successful use of flashbacks that were clearly understood and served the story well.

There was no confusion for the viewer despite the complex storyline and varying points of view involved.

The mystery held me throughout. It was a matter of he said/she said that left you undecided, or at least unsure, of who was being truthful and who wasn't. Even the sequences in the flashbacks were reflecting one person's point of view and not necessarily what really happened.

I would highly recommend this movie to my friends who love good scripts and especially to any would-be screenwriters looking at the correct use of flashbacks in film.

Characters, plot line, direction, photography, acting: all excellent.


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