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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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Dr. Blair
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Norman Clyde
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John Willis
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Mr. Bonner
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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
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Woman Singer
Lilian Fontaine ...
Lady Wyndham
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Thelma
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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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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

Film debut of Mari Aldon. See more »

Goofs

When Norman is looking for Nancy at the party and meets up with her on the second floor, the maid at the end of the hall opens the closet door twice. 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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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Fatale beauté (1994) See more »

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