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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 overview, first billed only:
Dr. Blair
Norman Clyde
John Willis
Mr. Bonner
Lord Wyndham
Katherine Emery ...
Mrs. Willis
Mr. Wendell
Fay Helm ...
Mrs. Bonner
Helene Thimig ...
Mrs. Monks
Mrs. Wendell
Woman Singer
Lilian Fontaine ...
Lady Wyndham


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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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 »


Drama | Film-Noir


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Release Date:

20 December 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

What Nancy Wanted  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Martha Hyer. See more »


American ambulances - shown driven with left hand drive - were not used in wartime London. See more »


Mrs. Wendall: Do you approve of foolish marriages?
Mr. Wendall: Certainly. They alienate relatives.
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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Fatale beauté (1994) See more »


Hands, Knees and Boomps-a-Daisy
Written by Annette Mills
Performed by Queenie Leonard
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Flashback within a flashback within a flashback!
23 October 1999 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

Yes! This is the movie that does just that - but it's worth watching for more than that. It is an inspired piece of film-making with excellent direction and fine photography. It also features some strong performances especially from the (is she or isn't she evil) Laraine Day, and the wonderful Brian Aherne. And Robert Mitchum's pretty good too. The best bits are almost expressionist - especially the music box shots - and it's full of the pseudo psychological nonsense that Hollywood loved so much in this era. Highly enjoyable.

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