The Locket (1946)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Film-Noir  |  20 December 1946 (USA)
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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:
Dr. Blair
Norman Clyde
Gene Raymond ...
John Willis
Sharyn Moffett ...
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 »


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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Did You Know?


First film of Mari Aldon. See more »


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


Nancy Monks Blair Patton: How could I ever have liked you, Norman - arrogant, suspicious, neurotic...
Norman Clyde: It isn't neurotic to be jealous.
Nancy Monks Blair Patton: It's worse than neurotic to be jealous of a dead man.
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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Fatale beauté (1997) See more »


Hands, Knees and Boomps-a-Daisy
Written by Annette Mills
Performed by Queenie Leonard
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User Reviews

Maltin doesn't know what he is talking about!!
20 January 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is a great movie! I wasn't expecting to like it but boy, was I in for a suprise. The flashback within a flashback within a flashback (Is there another one?) theme is so great and is never the least bit confusing. Laraine Day, Brian Aherne, Robert Mithchum, and Gene Raymond give great performances in this thriller.

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