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Seven Keys to Baldpate (1929)

A writer, looking for some peace and quiet in order to finish a novel, takes a room at the Baldpate Inn. Peace and quiet are last things he gets, though, as there are some very strange things going on at the establishment.

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Reginald Barker

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Earl Derr Biggers (novel), George M. Cohan (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Richard Dix ... William Halliwell Magee
Miriam Seegar ... Mary Norton
Margaret Livingston ... Myra Thornhill
Lucien Littlefield ... Thomas Hayden
Joseph Allen Sr. Joseph Allen Sr. ... Peters, the Hermit (as Joseph Allen)
DeWitt Jennings ... Mayor Jim Cargan
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Irene Rhodes
Carleton Macy Carleton Macy ... Police Chief Kennedy
Alan Roscoe ... Bland
Crauford Kent ... Hal Bentley (as Craufurd Kent)
Harvey Clark Harvey Clark ... Elijah Quimby
Edith Murgatroyd Edith Murgatroyd ... Mrs. Quimby (as Edith Yorke)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arthur Hoyt ... Professor Boyle (scenes deleted)
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Writer William Magee accepts a wager that he can finish writing a book in 24 hours, and travels to the deserted inn Baldpate, a summer resort now in the midst of winter, including a blizzard, to finish his opus. Told his is the only key, Magee is interrupted numerous times in the first hours by a parade of characters who appear to be in search of $200,000 meant as a bribe for a local politician, and who all seem to have an only key. As the situations become as outlandish as any he could concoct for his novel, Magee lets his infatuation with one of the "guests" get in the way of writing and solving the plot behind all that's happening at Baldpate. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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GREAT AS A SILENT PICTURE, GREATER AS A TALKIE SEE THE NEW R.K.O. DIX (Print ad- The Pittsburgh Press, ((Pittsburgh, Penna.)) 23 February 1930) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

7 Keys to Baldpate See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

In an extraordinary coincidence, all three RKO versions starred an actress named Margaret: Livingston (this one), Callahan (the 1935 version) and Lindsay (the 1947 version). See more »

Quotes

William Halliwell Magee: [to Mary Norton] Do you believe in love at first sight?
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A good ending, but otherwise a dreary and forgettable early Talkie
14 October 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Many of the early "Talkies" were very, very stilted and looked like stage productions. Typically, they had little action and people talked way too much--trying to show off the latest innovation (sound). As a result, most of the early Talkies were actually pretty poor films and tough to watch today. This film is a wonderful example of an early lousy Talkie. Richard Dix is the only one in the film with any energy in his delivery. Otherwise, they all sound like they are in a High School play--delivering stilted dialog in a very stilted manner. And instead of acting to show the plot progressing, the actors just talked and talked and talked!! Because of this I was bored stiff and really had to force myself to keep watching. Additionally, it was really hard to enjoy the film because the plot, up until the excellent ending, was terrible--something that some chimps might be able to replicate or even surpass had they been allowed to write the movie!!!


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