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The Locked Door (1929)

On her first anniversary Ann Reagan finds that her sister-in-law is involved with a shady character from her own past, and determines to intervene.

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George Fitzmaurice (as Geo. Fitzmaurice)

Writers:

Channing Pollock (play), C. Gardner Sullivan (screen adaptation)
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Complete credited cast:
Rod La Rocque ... Frank Devereaux
Barbara Stanwyck ... Ann Carter
William 'Stage' Boyd ... Lawrence Reagan
Betty Bronson ... Helen Reagan
Harry Stubbs Harry Stubbs ... The Waiter
Harry Mestayer Harry Mestayer ... District Attorney
Mack Swain ... Hotel Proprietor
Zasu Pitts ... Telephone Girl (as Zazu Pitts)
George Bunny George Bunny ... The Valet
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While Ann and the son of her boss are out on a ship beyond the 12-mile limit, which allows liquor to be consumed, the son, Frank makes unwanted advances towards her. While she is fighting him off, the ship is raided and the passengers herded ashore. Eighteen months later Ann is celebrating her one year anniversary to Lawrence Reagan when her young sister-in-law announces she is in love, and it turns out to be Frank. Ann decides to save her husband's sister from a fate worse than death, and goes to Frank's apartment to prevent an elopement. Lawrence also goes to the apartment that night, and everyone is entangled in a crime of passion. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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A drama of sacrifice and supreme love


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Det tredie Skud See more »

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Mono (MovieTone)

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1.20 : 1
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Zasu Pitts' first name is spelled "Zazu" in the opening credits. See more »

Quotes

Frank Devereaux: Shoot yourself in the head, and if you live, you can become a Waiter.
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Connections

Remake of The Sign on the Door (1921) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling
(uncredited)
Written by Fats Waller and Harry Link
First tune played on the boat
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Overwrought Melodrama
19 August 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Other than the fact that this was Barbara Stanwyck's second film and talkie debut, believe me there isn't any other reason to remember The Locked Door. It's a rather turgid melodrama with some stock company heroes and villains. It might very well have been a play on the Cotton Blossom, but for its urban setting.

Barbara Stanwyck showed something in this film though, she wouldn't have had the career she had if she didn't. You can definitely spot the star quality with her.

The film is based on a Broadway play by Channing Pollock that ran 187 performances during the 1919-1920 season. The subject of Prohibition was new at that time, by 1929 it was old hat. In any event it's only part of the story.

Stanwyck and Snidely Whiplash villain Rod LaRocque are on a floating gambling and drinking boat when it's raided. They both jump bail and go their separate ways, Stanwyck thanking the Deity she had no further involvement with LaRocque.

But that's not what fate has in store for her. She marries William Boyd, a widower with daughter Betty Bronson. Guess who Bronson tells dear old Dad and step mom who she's involved with.

When both Stanwyck and Boyd go to confront LaRocque, but separately, that's when the action really starts.

One thing I will say in favor of the film, the camera work reminded me a whole lot of Alfred Hitchcock's famous one set films, Rear Window and Rope, because the story takes place in the last half in LaRocque's apartment. But the hammy acting and melodramatic plot date this film terribly.

Still Barbara Stanwyck's personality certainly stands out.


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