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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Nancy
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Dr. Blair
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Norman Clyde
Gene Raymond ...
John Willis
Sharyn Moffett ...
Nancy (Age 10)
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Mr. Bonner
Henry Stephenson ...
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
Queenie Leonard ...
Woman Singer
Lillian Fontaine ...
Lady Wyndham (as Lilian Fontaine)
Myrna Dell ...
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir

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Approved | See all certifications »
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20 December 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

What Nancy Wanted  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original screenplay "What Nancy Wanted" was written by Norma Barzman, who was married to blacklisted writer Ben Barzman. She sold the script to Hume Cronyn, who planned to direct the film with his wife Jessica Tandy starring. Cronyn then sold the script to RKO, which assigned Sheridan Gibney to rewrite the script. See more »

Goofs

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: [with the locket Karen gave her] Thank you, God. I will never ask you for anything again.
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Connections

Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Fatale beauté (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

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

 
This Movie has Aged Better than MOST!
17 July 2005 | by (Houston, TEXAS) – See all my reviews

Laraine Day supported by Robert Mitchum, Brian Aherne, and Gene Raymond. The three men associated with "Nancy" are all very adept in their parts, especially Robert Mitchum. The plots twist and turns keep you interested for the entire film. You will notice Lillian Fontaine as Lady Wyndham. She is also noted for her two brilliant daughters Joan Fontaine and Oliva de Havilland. The film is very much like a Hitchcock movie in its style. It is dark and has several different possible solutions, but the real end is not expected. It is much more complex than even a true mystery buff would guess. It does not keep you on the edge of your seat, it is not that type of film, it just plods along and keeps your interest throughout the film, and makes you think (a little).


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