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The Locket [DVD]

Laraine Day , Brian Aherne , John Brahm    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Laraine Day, Brian Aherne, Robert Mitchum, Gene Raymond
  • Directors: John Brahm
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Feb 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0047WU2QE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,379 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Nancy (Laraine Day) appears to be the perfect bride for her fiancée John Willis (Gene Raymond) and everything is set for a perfect wedding ceremony...until her former husband Harry Blair (Brian Aherne) approaches Willis and explains how Nancy ruined his life, eventually leaving him in a psychiatric ward. As Blair s story unfolds in flashbacks, he recounts how Nancy s previous lover, the renowned artist Norman Clyde (Robert Mitchum) warned him of Nancy s kleptomania, incessant lying and involvement with murder; and at the time, Blair refused to believe Clyde, believing him to be the jilted lover. But is Blair s story also that of the jilted lover; or is he trying to save Willis from marrying a woman with a dark secret?

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
The screen play has some strange flaws, it is probably intended we should never get inside the mind of Nancy (Laraine Day) and that works fine for most of the drama, we learn all about her past in flashbacks, but there is no clue as to how or why she met James Willis (Gene Raymond) the man she is currently marrying, a man that connects with the traumatic childhood event that underlies the films drama. This is important as it prevents the viewer from forming an opinion of what is really happening in what is essentially a now you see it now you don't scenario.

The ending appears rushed and must have puzzled a fair proportion of the original cinema audiences.

However The Locket was a real discovery for me, and coupled with a transfer from a good original copy, and above average sound quality for 1946 is a firm recommendation.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER
RKO Radio Pictures presents "THE LOCKET" (20 December 1946) (86 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- The plot itself is relatively simple: Nancy (Laraine Day) is a kleptomaniac, driven to steal anything that strikes her fancy (the original title of the film was "What Nancy Wanted") --- Nancy's compulsion springs from a childhood incident, in which she was given a locket as birthday gift, which was then taken away from her by the cruel Mrs. Willis (Katherine Emery), her mother's employer --- But when the locket goes missing, Nancy is suspected of having stolen it to recover the trinket for herself --- Although it is later discovered that the locket simply fell in the hem of a garment, Nancy is never truly exonerated.

The world of The Locket is the domestic sphere in peril, in collapse, existing outside the normative values of postwar society, values that are themselves constantly in a state of flux --- The family unit is constantly celebrated in the dominant media as the ideal state of social existence, but is it, when so much is at risk, and so much is unexplained? --- For Nancy in The Locket, the answer is a resounding no.

Outstanding cast inclusive with top-notch performances, as Laraine Day gets prettier in every scene, this was her years of natural beauty.

Under the production staff of:
John Brahm [Director]
Sheridan Gibney [Screenplay]
Bert Granet [Producer]
Jack J. Gross [Executive Producer]
Roy Webb [Original Music]
Nicholas Musuraca [Cinematographer]
J.R. Whittredge [Film Editor]

1. John Brahm [aka: Hans Brahm] [Director]
Date of Birth: 17 August 1893 - Hamburg, Germany
Date of Death: 12 October 1982 - Malibu, California, USA

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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't tell me your conscience is bothering you? 17 July 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
The locket is directed by John Brahm and based on a screenplay written by Sheridan Gibney, which in turn is adapted from the story What Nancy Wanted" written by Norma Barzman. It stars Laraine Day, Brian Aherne, Robert Mitchum and Gene Raymond. Music is by Roy Webb and cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca. Story tells of how a bride to be, who as a child was traumatised by a false charge of stealing, grows up to badly affect the men who wander into her life.

You don't know the truth from lies, you are just a love sick quack...

A psychological melodrama with film noir flecks, The Locket turns out to be a most intriguing picture. Director Brahm brings into the production not only his baroque know how, where his Germanic keen eye for mood is so evident in films like The Lodger and Hangover Square, but also a dizzying array of flashbacks in a collage of psychological murkiness. Structured as it is, film can be disorientating if one isn't giving the film the undivided attention it needs. But for those all in with it, it delivers rewards a plenty, even if some daft touches stop it from being an essential picture for the genre seeker. Essentially the film is a case study of one young female mind deeply affected to the point it has great implications on those who become involved with her. Story raises some queries about about the treatment of mental health patients, and their place in society, while some of the characterisations, although hampered by plot holes, have good dramatic worth.

Sheridan Gibney does a very good job with the screenplay, the tricky subject is given some thoughtful consideration whilst toying with the audience's loyalties about possible femme fatale Nancy (Day), the ambivalence of which makes the ending far better than it probably has any right to be.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "It's hard to remember not knowing Nancy" -- Robert Mitchum 2 Jan 2010
By Bobby Underwood - Published on
This flashback laden melodrama has a fine cast and enough atmospheric noir touches to overcome a few unconvincing actions by the principals involved and keep classic film fans glued to the screen, waiting to see how it all finally plays out. The uneven moments of Sheridan Gibney's screenplay are smoothed over by Brian Aherne, Robert Mitchum and Laraine Day as a girl as messed up as she is pretty. Roy Webb gave another RKO mid-budget effort a solid score that fit every scene while director John Braham makes a film which could have been so hard to follow the audience lost interest into an entertaining entry in the noir cycle.

The film begins as Nancy (Laraine Day) is about to walk down the aisle. But psychiatrist Brian Aherne wants to keep another man from falling for the sweet demeanor of a woman he knows all too well. As he begins telling his tale to the groom, the viewer gets layer after layer of flashbacks, Aherne relating not only how he was in love with her, but how he too did not believe Norman (Robert Mitchum) when the artist came to him in much the same way. It is the flashback of Mitchum's twisted tale of woe within Aherne's that rivets the viewer, making this film seem better than it does on paper.

We see Nancy as charming, manipulative and, ultimately, so traumatized by an unfair accusation regarding a locket as a child that her entire life was changed in that moment. Yet the man who loves her can no more reconcile the sweet girl walking down the aisle with the mentally twisted picture of Nancy painted so vividly by Aherne than Aherne could the even darker depiction Mitchum's Norman gave him so long ago, before it was too late. Theft, murder and manipulation all play a part in this story within a story within a story.

While it doesn't have enough bite to leave marks like many of the great noirs, it has some atmospheric scenes and nice performances from Day, Mitchum and Aherne. It is a film entertaining enough to warrant it being a must see film for fans of classic films, this particular genre, or any of the stars. Not one of the great noirs, but tremendously entertaining on another level, and impossible to go wrong with this cast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Late Show Film Noir Classic 3 Jun 2008
By James T. Clark - Published on
"The Locket" is similar to "Memento" in that the format of the movie is as important as the plot. "Locket" is a flashback-within a flashback-within a flashback. You have to stay to the end to see how it all comes back to the present, and even then you get a surprise, like a cherry on top!

Now, if we can only get it in AMERICAN format!!! Whassamatter wichoo, Amazon???

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Locket" is a Jewel 20 Aug 2011
By V. Risoli - Published on
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I am sure Alfred Hitchcock must have known about this 1946 RKO film when he was making his 1969 film of "Topaz." Like the film before that, "Marnie," in which Hitchcock told the psychological mystery through Freudian symbols, in his spy thriller "Topaz" he told the story less successfully through angles and colors like a topaz. "The Locket" is also a visual piece of jewelry told via flashback within a flashback within a flashback manner in a neat beginning and end through doorways. It too tells the devastating effects of a little child kept from having a possession, a locket, which is rightfully hers and the consequences of her actions on the men in her life. Loraine Day, Robert Mitchum and Brian Aherne star effectively in this unusual and original film directed by John Brahm. This is an otherwise overlooked film noir gem that Warner Archive finally brings to DVD for American audiences.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where Has This Noir Been All My Life?? 23 Jan 2012
By Phillip - Published on
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I always thought I had a pretty good knowledge of film noir and its history. A while back another noir fan told me they had seen The Locket on TCM and thought is was magnificent. I checked Amazon and ordered this Warner Archive DVD-R. To say I was impressed is an understatement. The story is fun, and the 3 flashback technique is handled masterfully by the writer and director. Robert Mitchum plays against type as an artist whose life is ruined by the femme fatale. No need to belabor the plot........if you love film noir, you owe it to yourself to see this obscure masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Locket 18 July 2011
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I had seen this movie quite some time ago and I was pleasantly surprised that it was just as exciting this time around as it was the first time I saw it. I think the acting is excellant and I just like black and white movies. They add much more suspense to the story. I will enjoy this movie time and time again.
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