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Double Door (1934)

In a spooky New York City mansion, a wealthy but mean old woman threatens to return her sister to the home's secret torture chamber when the sister objects to the woman's trying to ruin the... See full summary »

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Charles Vidor
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Cast

Credited cast:
Evelyn Venable ... Anne Darrow
Mary Morris Mary Morris ... Victoria Van Brett
Anne Revere ... Caroline Van Brett
Kent Taylor ... Rip Van Brett
Guy Standing ... Mortimer Neff
Colin Tapley ... Dr. John Lucas
Virginia Howell ... Avery
Halliwell Hobbes ... Mr. Chase
Frank Dawson Frank Dawson ... Telson
Helen Shipman Helen Shipman ... Louise
Leonard Carey ... William
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Burr Caruth Burr Caruth ... Rev. Dr. Loring
Ralph Remley Ralph Remley ... Lambert
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In a spooky New York City mansion, a wealthy but mean old woman threatens to return her sister to the home's secret torture chamber when the sister objects to the woman's trying to ruin the lives of relatives she doesn't like. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The Female of the Species is More Deadly Than the Male!

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Drama | Horror | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Hiena da 5ª Avenida See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The Van Brett sisters are based on Rebecca and Ella Wendel, famously wealthy and eccentric spinsters in New York City. Ella died in 1931 and the family's notorious 5th Avenue mansion was razed three years later, the same year this film was released. See more »

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Adriot From All Angles
30 May 2014 | by MaliejandraSee all my reviews

Everything about this movie is masterful, from the story to the performances to the costumes to the sets. Charles Vidor did an excellent job of adapting a stage production to the screen. It is appropriately claustrophobic but never stale.

Rip Van Brett (Kent Taylor) is getting married. He comes from one of the oldest established and wealthiest families in New York, so when he chooses a nurse (Evelyn Venable) to be a his bride, his spinster sister Victoria (Mary Morris) is unhappy. She has already foiled one sibling Caroline (Anne Revere) from finding wedded bliss, and she intends to break up her brother's happiness too with her underhanded schemes.

This film was shown at Cinevent 2014, and everyone I knew who saw it at another film festival urged me to see it. Apparently word of mouth spread because the screening was packed. The audience ate it up, to the point that several times people began yelling at the screen. If you ever get a chance to see this, DO NOT miss it.


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