Seven Keys to Baldpate (1930)

72 mins | Mystery, Comedy | 12 January 1930

Director:

Reginald Barker

Writer:

Jane Murfin

Cinematographer:

Edward Cronjager

Production Designer:

Max Rée

Production Company:

RKO Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The novel and play Seven Keys to Baldpate have been the basis of many films. For information on other versions, please consult the entry above for the 1917 film of the same name, directed by Hugh Ford and starring George M. Cohan and Anna Q. ... More Less

The novel and play Seven Keys to Baldpate have been the basis of many films. For information on other versions, please consult the entry above for the 1917 film of the same name, directed by Hugh Ford and starring George M. Cohan and Anna Q. Nilsson. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
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Film Daily
22 Dec 1929.
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New York Times
26 Dec 1929
p. 21.
Variety
1 Jan 1930
p. 15.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel Seven Keys to Baldpate by Earl Derr Biggers (Indianapolis, 1913) and the play of the same name by George M. Cohan (New York, 22 Sep 1913).
DETAILS
Release Date:
12 January 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 25 December 1929
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Distributing Corp.
Copyright Date:
12 January 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1002
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Photophone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
72
Length(in feet):
6,742
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In a New York club, Hal Bentley, owner of the Baldpate Inn, bets successful writer William Hallowell Magee the sum of $5,000 that he cannot write a book in twenty-four hours while holed up in the Baldpate Inn, which is closed for the winter. Although he Magee is told that there is only one key to the inn, his solitude is soon interrupted by six more visitors, each with his own key. First reporter Mary Norton, with whom Magee is in love, shows up, followed by a crooked mayor, a gangster carrying a $200,000 bribe, a local hermit and the police. Although the police chief tries to steal the money and flee to Canada, the hermit throws the cash into the fire. Finally, Bentley appears and confesses that all of the intruders are actors he hired in order to divert the author and win the bet. Soon after, however, Magee finishes his book and it is revealed that all of the preceeding events have been a fantasy written into the plot. Later, Bentley and Mary return to ... +


In a New York club, Hal Bentley, owner of the Baldpate Inn, bets successful writer William Hallowell Magee the sum of $5,000 that he cannot write a book in twenty-four hours while holed up in the Baldpate Inn, which is closed for the winter. Although he Magee is told that there is only one key to the inn, his solitude is soon interrupted by six more visitors, each with his own key. First reporter Mary Norton, with whom Magee is in love, shows up, followed by a crooked mayor, a gangster carrying a $200,000 bribe, a local hermit and the police. Although the police chief tries to steal the money and flee to Canada, the hermit throws the cash into the fire. Finally, Bentley appears and confesses that all of the intruders are actors he hired in order to divert the author and win the bet. Soon after, however, Magee finishes his book and it is revealed that all of the preceeding events have been a fantasy written into the plot. Later, Bentley and Mary return to visit. +

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