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The Keyhole (1933)

Anne Brooks is being blackmailed by her old dancing partner Maurice. They married when she was young but broke up after which he said he was getting a quickie divorce. Anne married the much... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Robert Presnell Sr. (screen play) (as Robert Presnell), Alice D.G. Miller (based on the story "Adventuress")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kay Francis ... Anne Vallee Brooks
George Brent ... Neil Davis
Glenda Farrell ... Dot
Monroe Owsley ... Maurice Le Brun
Allen Jenkins ... Hank Wales
Helen Ware ... Portia Brooks
Henry Kolker ... Schuyler Brooks
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Brooks' Lawyer
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Storyline

Anne Brooks is being blackmailed by her old dancing partner Maurice. They married when she was young but broke up after which he said he was getting a quickie divorce. Anne married the much older millionaire Schuyler Brooks only to have Maurice return to reveal he didn't obtain the divorce after all. Now he wants money to keep quiet. Anne reveals her secret to Schuyler's sister Portia who devises a scheme to trick Maurice into leaving the country by having Anne suddenly travel alone to Cuba. Once out of the country Portia will use her influence to block Maurice's return. However, Anne's request for a vacation by herself in Cuba arouses Schuyler's already simmering jealousy. He hires detective Neil Davis to follow her and prove whether she is faithful. Neil is unsuccessful in seducing Anne, then realizes he is falling in love with her. Written by Brian Cady <cadyb@home.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Genom nyckelhålet See more »

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Budget:

$169,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First film pairing of Kay Francis and George Brent. They would co-star in a total of six films together, all at Warner Bros. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Maurice: In the nick of time. Come in.
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Soundtracks

Home Sweet Home
(1823) (uncredited)
aka "There's No Place Like Home"
Music by H.R. Bishop
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Another lifeless sudser for Kay Francis fans...
19 September 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

There are so many elements of the storyline for THE KEYHOLE that were obviously re-worked years later for 1948's "Romance on the High Seas," Doris Day's first starring vehicle directed by Michael Curtiz, who is the director here.

This one too is about a suspicious husband who hires a private detective to follow his wife when she sails off to Cuba. Only big difference is that she's escaping the clutches of a former lover who wants to blackmail her. Naturally, it's the perfect set-up for KAY FRANCIS to wear fancy gowns and to carry on an affair with GEORGE BRENT, who is the man her husband hires to keep an eye on her.

It's predictable stuff, very formula and with the usual weak comedy support from GLENDA FARRELL and ALLEN JENKINS in an attempt to put some much needed life into the script. It doesn't work.

There are very few Curtiz touches in the direction but the photography is fluid and the sets are fairly interesting. Still, it's a minor item when you view it as a typical Kay Francis vehicle in the early '30s.


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