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The Locket (1946)

Not Rated | | 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.

Director:

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

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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 original screenplay "What Nancy Wanted" was written by Norma Barzman, who was married to blacklisted writer Ben Barzman. She sold the script to Hume Cronyn, who planned to direct the film with his wife Jessica Tandy starring. Cronyn then sold the script to RKO, which assigned Sheridan Gibney to rewrite the script. See more »

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American ambulances - shown driven with left hand drive - were not used in wartime London. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Wendall: Do you approve of foolish marriages?
Mr. Wendall: Certainly. They alienate relatives.
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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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intricate noir worth trying to find
18 August 2001 | by limsgirlSee all my reviews

I give full credit to this little treat for introducing me to the world of noir cinema when I happened to stumble onto it on AMC. (Oh, that AMC showed films of this caliber lately!) Laraine Day gives a beautifully understated performance, handling what would now perhaps be called a tragic case of posttraumatic stress disorder resulting in a life of twists and turns with truth, no scenery chewing. Brian Aherne strikes just the right clinical note as the sadder-but-wiser exhusband, and Robert Mitchum gives a memorable performance as the first (at least the first chronicled in this tale) man to fall victim to Nancy's fatal charms. As Norman, he certainly delivers a farewell present to Nancy's physician spouse, and by extension, to Nancy, that they won't soon forget. The denouement at the mansion while wedding guests await fair Nancy is gripping cinema. Watch for a great performance by the mother of Joan Fontaine and Olivia Dehaviland as the cruel woman responsible for Nancy's childhood trauma. Worth the while!


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