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The Locket (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 20 December 1946 (USA)
Just before a wedding, the bridegroom hears a complex tale painting his lovely bride as devilish and unbalanced.


John Brahm


Sheridan Gibney




Cast overview, first billed only:
Laraine Day ... Nancy Fuller
Brian Aherne ... Dr. Henry Blair
Robert Mitchum ... Norman Clyde
Gene Raymond ... John Ewart Willis, Jr.
Sharyn Moffett ... Nancy - Age 10
Ricardo Cortez ... Mr. Bonner
Henry Stephenson ... Lord Wyndham
Katherine Emery ... Mrs. John Ewart Willis, Sr.
Reginald Denny ... Mr. Wendell
Fay Helm ... Mrs. Bonner
Helene Thimig ... Mrs. Monks
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Wendell
Queenie Leonard ... Woman Singer
Lilian Fontaine Lilian Fontaine ... Lady Wyndham
Myrna Dell ... Thelma


Lovely Nancy seems like the ideal bride to fiancée John Willis... until, just before the ceremony, Willis is approached by Harry Blair, claiming to be Nancy's former husband. The tale Blair unfolds (in a flashback within a flashback within a flashback!) paints Nancy as a kleptomaniac, habitual liar, and perhaps worse. But is Blair telling the truth? And does fate have another surprise in store? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Her Mysterious Secret Wrecked 3 Men's Lives! Not love, not money...but a haunting hunger drove her to lie, cheat, steal. Why? IT'S THE STRANGEST SECRET EVER TOLD! (original poster) See more »


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"RKO" borrowed Laraine Day from "Paramount" for this film. See more »


When Norman is looking for Nancy at the party and meets up with her on the second floor, the maid at the end of the hall opens the closet door twice. See more »


Mrs. Wendall: Do you approve of foolish marriages?
Mr. Wendall: Certainly. They alienate relatives.
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Little-known noir gem
9 October 2005 | by ecjones1951See all my reviews

Knowing that this is the movie with the famous "flashback within a flashback within a flashback" draws people in, but the device never comes across as forced or artificial, and it works.

Like a lot of other people, I think Leonard Maltin underrates this one. "The Locket" is fun and suspenseful, as all "did she or didn't she" stories are when they're told right. This is Laraine Day's finest hour, and Robert Mitchum is very good in a sympathetic role. They are ably supported by Brian Aherne and Gene Raymond.

It's nice to see so many of the wonderful old thrillers from the 40s enjoying a revival. So many little gems like "The Locket" come in at under 90 minutes; they benefit from tight writing, intriguing premises and neat plot twists. Like "Detour," "Phantom Lady," "Follow Me Quietly" and many others, "The Locket" does not disappoint.

This is the kind of movie you think about all day long, and maybe the day after, if you happen upon it at 3:00 a.m. on TCM.

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Release Date:

20 December 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What Nancy Wanted See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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