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The Locket (1946)

Just before a wedding, the bridegroom hears a complex tale painting his lovely bride as devilish and unbalanced.

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John Brahm

Writer:

Sheridan Gibney
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laraine Day ... Nancy
Brian Aherne ... Dr. Blair
Robert Mitchum ... Norman Clyde
Gene Raymond ... John Willis
Sharyn Moffett ... Nancy (Age 10)
Ricardo Cortez ... Mr. Bonner
Henry Stephenson ... Lord Wyndham
Katherine Emery ... Mrs. Willis
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
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Storyline

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>

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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 »

Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The set used in this film for the house of Mrs. Willis (Katherine Emery) is the same one used for the house of Alex Sebastian (Claude Rains) in Notorious (1946). See more »

Goofs

When Norman first sits down alone at Luigi's, items on the table change position between shots. For instance, the bread sticks are first on his right, then in the next shot they are to his left. See more »

Quotes

Nancy Monks Blair Patton: When you're a housekeeper's daughter, you see the world through a half-open door.
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Connections

Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Fatale beauté (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Hands, Knees and Boomps-a-Daisy
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Written by Annette Mills
Performed by Queenie Leonard
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Masterful use of flashbacks.
6 October 2005 | by MommyoAndrettiSee all my reviews

Saw this for the first time on Turner Classic last night and was thoroughly impressed with the successful use of flashbacks that were clearly understood and served the story well.

There was no confusion for the viewer despite the complex storyline and varying points of view involved.

The mystery held me throughout. It was a matter of he said/she said that left you undecided, or at least unsure, of who was being truthful and who wasn't. Even the sequences in the flashbacks were reflecting one person's point of view and not necessarily what really happened.

I would highly recommend this movie to my friends who love good scripts and especially to any would-be screenwriters looking at the correct use of flashbacks in film.

Characters, plot line, direction, photography, acting: all excellent.


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