Review: ‘The Locket’

The Locket is a case history of a warped mind and its effect on the lives of those it touches intimately. Vehicle is a strong one for Laraine Day and she does much with the role of Nancy, a girl with an abnormal obsession that wrecks the lives of four men who love her.

The Locket is a case history of a warped mind and its effect on the lives of those it touches intimately. Vehicle is a strong one for Laraine Day and she does much with the role of Nancy, a girl with an abnormal obsession that wrecks the lives of four men who love her.

Nancy is a young woman, marked in childhood by the cruel misunderstanding of a rich lady in whose home her mother is housekeeper. The misunderstanding, over a missing locket, influence Nancy to strange acts in her adult life.

Story carries the flashback technique to greater lengths than generally employed. The writing by Sheridan Gibney displays an understanding of the subject matter and proves a solid basis for the able performances achieved by John Brahm’s direction. Latter gears his scenes for full interest and carefully carries forward the doubt – and audience hope – that Nancy is not the villainess.

The Locket

Production

RKO. Director John Brahm; Producer Bert Granet; Screenplay Sheridan Gibney; Camera Nicholas Musuraca; Editor J.R. Whittredge; Music Roy Webb; Art Director Albert S. D'Agostino, Alfred Herman

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1947. Running time: 83 MIN.

With

Laraine Day Brian Aherne Robert Mitchum Gene Raymond Ricardo Cortez Sharyn Moffet
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