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The Locket (1946)

Approved  |   |  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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Dr. Blair
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Norman Clyde
Gene Raymond ...
John Willis
Sharyn Moffett ...
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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
Lilian Fontaine ...
Lady Wyndham
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>

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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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20 December 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

What Nancy Wanted  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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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 »

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

Quotes

Drew Bonner: I always listen to Nancy. She has such excellent taste.
Norman Clyde: I congratulate you, Mr Bonner. Most rich people make the mistake of relying on their own.
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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Fatale beauté (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

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

 
Interesting structure
1 April 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film by underrated director John Brahm is one of the more interesting works of the 1940s (not one of the best, but different).

Laraine Day plays Nancy, about to marry and hiding some dark secrets in her past. She was excellent at this kind of thing. Gene Raymond (not the most charismatic of actors but surprisingly good here) plays her intended, with Brian Aherne as the psychiatrist who knows about her previous life.

In flashback we see Nancy and her husband (a young Robert Mitchum) and then into another flashback (daring to attempt this at the time when many films were still pursuing conventional structure).

'The Locket' of the title obviously holds the key to the mystery, and we have an absorbing time pulling all the loose ends together. Reginald Denny, Ricardo Cortez, and Ellen Corby decorate an accomplished cast.


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