Dave Snowden elopes with wealthy Bonnie Daniels, and Mr. Spencer sees them break into the abandoned old estate where Bonnie lived until age six. Mr. Spencer informs Bonnie's mother, Mrs. ... See full summary »

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Dave Snowden elopes with wealthy Bonnie Daniels, and Mr. Spencer sees them break into the abandoned old estate where Bonnie lived until age six. Mr. Spencer informs Bonnie's mother, Mrs. Daniels, who finds Snowden struggling to open a mysterious locked door on the upper floor. Mrs. Daniels annuls the marriage, because Bonnie's true age is only 17, not 19, as Dave was told. Three weeks later, when Bonnie reaches majority, she rejoins Dave, and they consummate nuptials, but Mrs. Daniels will not release Bonnie's trust fund until she is 25. Dave convinces Bonnie to attempt suicide with sleeping pills, in order to convince her mother that she loves Dave. Although she takes only 4 pills, Bonnie dies, because of a history of rheumatic disease. As an apparent gesture of goodwill, Mrs. Daniels grants Dave the childhood estate. Dave proclaims that he only married Bonnie for her money. Mrs. Daniels, hiding in the house, overhears Dave's admission, then watches as he enters the locked door, ... Written by Lewis O. Amack

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Glorious Gloria Swanson Dominates as a Dominating Mother
11 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Silent movie legend Gloria Swanson may run third in screen time in "BEHIND THE LOCKED DOOR", an excellent episode of THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR but she dominates it with her undiminished star power and well deserves her top billing. Swanson plays the possessive mother of young heiress Lynn Loring who keeps her daughter on A tight rein. Loring, a once sickly child, is still pampered and controlled by mother even as she longs to break away. Lynn continues to cling to her glamorous intimidating mother who can on occasion be belittling about her daughter's "plainness", leading Loring to a major inferiority complex and an occasionally melodramatic personality with irregular suicide threats. When Loring secretly weds James MacArthur, an enraged Swanson cuts her off financially. The newlyweds are uncaring as they bask in their new love but eventually the bills pile up and a desperate MacArthur concocts a scheme in which Loring writes her mom a suicide note and makes a deliberately unsuccessful try in an attempt to shock Swanson into coming around and reinstating Loring's inheritance which includes the erstwhile family mansion with a mysterious room locked for decades.

Basically a three person drama, MacArthur and Loring are fine but it's the ever glorious Ms. Swanson that is unforgettable as the haughty, stylish matron with a touch of Gothic chill about her. This little mystery makes one wish some producer had entered Swanson into the Bette Davis/Joan Crawford chiller market that was so popular on the big screen at the time, intimidating and chic, Swanson could have more than held her own in that genre.


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