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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

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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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Trivia

The set used in this film for the house of Mrs. Willis (Katherine Emery) is the same one used for the house of Alex Sebastian (Claude Rains) in Notorious (1946). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Norman Clyde: In the eyes of the world you're a smart psychiatrist. Your opinions are worth listening to, but I'm just a mixed-up patient.
Dr. Harry Blair: And you'd like it to be the other way around, wouldn't you?
Norman Clyde: No. I don't mind being mixed-up. My conscience is clear. I did all I could to save a man's life. You did what you could to prevent me.
Dr. Harry Blair: Oh, that's fine, if you see it that way. I've done you a service.
Norman Clyde: That's right. It's on your conscience now.
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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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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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