The Locket

The Locket

DVD - 2010
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Recounts the mental disintegration of bride-to-be Laraine Day. As a child, Day was accused of stealing a locket at a fancy party. She has spent her life getting even for this false accusation by becoming a kleptomaniac and ruining the lives of those around her. She drives one man to suicide, and stands by as another man is executed for a murder which she has committed. Assuming her revenge on the world is complete when she becomes engaged to the son of the woman who'd accused her of thievery, Day is overtaken by the demons within her and collapses on the altar.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Turner Entertainment Co. : Warner Bros. Entertainment : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2010.
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.43 LOCKET
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (86 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.


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May 13, 2019

Shut up; I liked it!

Jan 09, 2016

This is a 1946 film noir directed by John Brahm, adapted from "What Nancy Wanted" by Norma Barzman.
With layered flashbacks (flashbacks within flashbacks) to give psychological depth to the narrative, this psychological drama tells the story of a bride-to-be who, as a child, was falsely accused of theft.
She grows up to become a kleptomaniac, inveterate liar, and eventually a murderess.
The complexities of the heroine's character make it a gripping, suspenseful and intriguing mystery.

Aug 12, 2015

Hello!?... Are you ready for a vintage, Hollywood movie (circa 1946) whose story (get this!) is a flashback within a flashback within a flashback? (ho-hum!) (And, believe me, with each subsequent flashback you're sure to find your head spinning while you're saying "WTF!?" to yourself about every 5 minutes, or so)

Well, if this flashback business is the sort of movie-scenario that appeals to you, then you need look no further than 1946's The Locket. I swear this one's web of tangled situations requires that you start out with a "connect-up-the dots" map in order to navigate yourself sanely through its multi-layered stratum.

I also warn you - Do not take The Locket's dead-serious story at face value. Viewed 70 years later, this film is packed with all sorts of unintentional humour. And for me, this accidental irony was its only real "highlight", 'cause without it this movie was just a ludicrous mess of Hollywood gibberish from start to finish.

Anyway - Another reason why I so generously gave The Locket its 2.5-star rating has to do with actor Robert Mitchum being in the cast. Believe me, without Mitchum, I probably would have rated The Locket somewhat lower.

Jul 03, 2012

Jeez, who needs to watch the movie when you can read the description above? Major spoiler! Anyways, I found the premise to be ludicrous. Okay, so... Nancy's ex, seeks out her fiancé, on his wedding day(!!), to tell him: 1) his flashback; 2) of another ex's flashback; 3) which includes Nancy's traumatic childhood flashback. Eventually everyone goes bananas, except for Mitchum, who's brushed off, branded as hysterical, and given sedatives. His fate is an outrageous shocker in itself. While the movie is very entertaining, (I'm a noir junkie), it is absolutely laughable and absurd.


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Jul 03, 2012

Norman Clyde: "I don't take money for nothing. I'm not conducting a class so the parasitic rich can escape boredom. I'm not that hard up." Nancy Monks (Blair, Patton): "Well, I hope you never will be, Mr Clyde. I admire your principles. I wish I could say the same for your disposition."

Jul 03, 2012

Norman Clyde: "I suppose you've told your husband about the bracelet." Nancy Monks Blair (Patton): "Bracelet?" Norman Clyde: "Yes, you stole it, remember? And I sent it back." Nancy Monks Blair (Patton): "Norman, what's come over you? (to Dr. Blair) Do you know what he's talking about?" Norman Clyde: "He knows, alright, but he won't believe me. He thinks you're a little white angel, but I know you're a liar and a thief." Nancy Monks Blair (Patton): "Oh, you poor darling... (puts her hands on his shoulders) You believe all this is true!" Norman Clyde (brushes her off): "Save that for him - he'll need it. You've got him just where you want him. He's gonna make all the mistakes I did." Dr. Harry Blair: "Alright, this isn't getting us anywhere. I think you'd better leave. If you want to see me tomorrow--" Norman Clyde: "What for? You're no psychiatrist! You don't know truth from lies! You're just a lovesick quack!"

Jul 03, 2012

Norman Clyde: "In the eyes of the world you're a smart psychiatrist. Your opinions are worth listening to, but I'm just a mixed-up patient." Dr. Harry Blair: "And you'd like it to be the other way around, wouldn't you?" Norman Clyde: "No. I don't mind being mixed-up. My conscience is clear. I did all I could to save a man's life. You did what you could to prevent me." Dr. Harry Blair: "Oh, that's fine, if you see it that way. I've done you a service." Norman Clyde: "That's right. It's on your conscience now."


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