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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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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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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

Film debut of Martha Hyer. 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

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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Connections

Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Fatale beauté (1994) 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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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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