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Secret of the Blue Room (1933)

Twenty years after 3 murders occur in a castle's "blue room", three men who each want to marry a beautiful girl decide to spend a night in the room to prove their bravery to her.

Director:

Kurt Neumann

Writers:

William Hurlbut, Erich Philippi (original script Geheimnis des Blauen Zimmers)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lionel Atwill ... Robert von Helldorf
Gloria Stuart ... Irene von Helldorf
Paul Lukas ... Captain Walter Brink
Edward Arnold ... Commissioner Forster
Onslow Stevens ... Frank Faber
William Janney ... Thomas Brandt
Robert Barrat ... Paul, the Butler
Muriel Kirkland ... Betty, the maid
Russell Hopton ... Max, the chauffeur
Elizabeth Patterson ... Mary, the cook
Anders Van Haden Anders Van Haden ... The Stranger
James Durkin ... Kruger, the commissioner's assistant
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Twenty years after 3 murders occur in a castle's "blue room", three men who each want to marry a beautiful girl decide to spend a night in the room to prove their bravery to her. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Secret of the Blue Room See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to TCM's Ben Mankiewicz, this was Universal's lowest-budgeted film for 1933. See more »

Goofs

Walter Brink is called "Captain", but is wearing the three stripes on his uniform sleeve that signify the rank of Commander (in most navies of the world). See more »

Quotes

Betty, the maid: Mary! Mary, did you hear what happened last night?
Mary, the cook: Don't tell me the old cat went and had kittens again.
Betty, the maid: No, silly, it's Mr. Thomas!
Mary, the cook: What?
Betty, the maid: He disappeared.
Mary, the cook: Where to?
Betty, the maid: If we knew where he was, he wouldn't be disappeared, stupid. He slept... in the Blue Room!
Mary, the cook: [suddenly afraid] The ghost room?
Betty, the maid: And he's gone!
Mary, the cook: Oh...
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Crazy Credits

[before the end credits] A Good Cast Is Worth Repeating. See more »

Connections

Remade as Murder in the Blue Room (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Swan Lake
(uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
[main title music]
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Oft told story of a challenge to stay in a cursed room to win the love of a woman is one to see thanks to a sterling cast of Universal regulars
4 August 2006 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

Three men all in love with the same woman decide to spend the night in the cursed "blue" room where tragedy strikes who ever spends the night. Of course tragedy again strikes and the police are called into solve the crime.

Grand Universal mystery thriller suffers from having been remade both officially and unofficially over the years. The film itself is a remake of an earlier German film so I guess turn about is fair play.

Feeling more like an old friend rather than a griping thriller this film is a good little mystery. Odds are you'll know whats going on, but you won't mind since the cast is the real reason to see this. Paul Lukas is a dashing military man, Lionel Atwill is the owner of the cursed house, Gloria Stewart is the woman in question and Edward Arnold is the detective called in to solve the crime. They are all aided by a strong supporting cast of Universal studio regulars.

This is one to make an effort to see especially if you're a fan of good, if familiar, mysteries.

7 out of 10 due to the passage of time and the multiple remakes.


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