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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.

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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

RKO borrowed Laraine Day from Paramount for this film. 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: Okay... you be the dropper, I'll be the deer!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Hands, Knees and Boomps-a-Daisy
(uncredited)
Written by Annette Mills
Performed by Queenie Leonard
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Interesting structure
1 April 2005 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This film by underrated director John Brahm is one of the more interesting works of the 1940s (not one of the best, but different).

Laraine Day plays Nancy, about to marry and hiding some dark secrets in her past. She was excellent at this kind of thing. Gene Raymond (not the most charismatic of actors but surprisingly good here) plays her intended, with Brian Aherne as the psychiatrist who knows about her previous life.

In flashback we see Nancy and her husband (a young Robert Mitchum) and then into another flashback (daring to attempt this at the time when many films were still pursuing conventional structure).

'The Locket' of the title obviously holds the key to the mystery, and we have an absorbing time pulling all the loose ends together. Reginald Denny, Ricardo Cortez, and Ellen Corby decorate an accomplished cast.


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