The Locked Door (1929)

74 mins | Melodrama, Mystery | 16 November 1929

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HISTORY

The first name of director George Fitzmaurice is listed as "Geo" in onscreen credits, although his first name was normally credited as "Geo." or George. The first name of actress ZaSu Pitts is misspelled "Zazu" in onscreen credits. The Locked Door marked Barbara Stanwyck's first appearance in an all dialogue film. A 1921 adaptation of Channing Pollock's play, titled The Sign on the Door, was directed by Herbert Brenon and starred Norma Talmadge (see entry). The film appears to have been cut to 70 minutes for its 1937 reissue through Atlantic ... More Less

The first name of director George Fitzmaurice is listed as "Geo" in onscreen credits, although his first name was normally credited as "Geo." or George. The first name of actress ZaSu Pitts is misspelled "Zazu" in onscreen credits. The Locked Door marked Barbara Stanwyck's first appearance in an all dialogue film. A 1921 adaptation of Channing Pollock's play, titled The Sign on the Door, was directed by Herbert Brenon and starred Norma Talmadge (see entry). The film appears to have been cut to 70 minutes for its 1937 reissue through Atlantic Pictures. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
26 Jan 1930.
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Hollywood Filmograph
8 Jun 1929
P. 29
New York Times
20 Jan 1930
p. 21
Variety
22 Jan 1930
p. 17
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A George Fitzmaurice Production
United Artists Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dramatic dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Asst cam
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
SOUND
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Sign on the Door by Channing Pollock, Broadway opening date19 Dec 1919, Theatre Republic, 207 W. 42nd, New York, NY.
DETAILS
Release Date:
16 November 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Feature Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
29 October 1929
Copyright Number:
LP801
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
gauge
35mm
Widescreen/ratio
1.18:1
Duration(in mins):
74
Length(in feet):
6,844
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Frank Devereaux, son of a wealthy businessman, takes Ann Carter, his father's secretary, to a floating cabaret under innocent circumstances and locks her in a private dining room; the club is raided, and their picture is taken by a news photographer. Anne leaves her job and gets another with Lawrence Reagan, whom she marries and with whom she lives happily until Devereaux begins to call on Helen, her sister-in-law. Reagan is informed by Dixon that Devereaux ruined his home; and during a confrontation between Reagan and Devereaux, the latter is accidentally shot. Ann, who is discovered locked in the room with the body, confesses to the crime; then Reagan admits his guilt; Devereaux, however, reveals on his deathbed the actual ... +


Frank Devereaux, son of a wealthy businessman, takes Ann Carter, his father's secretary, to a floating cabaret under innocent circumstances and locks her in a private dining room; the club is raided, and their picture is taken by a news photographer. Anne leaves her job and gets another with Lawrence Reagan, whom she marries and with whom she lives happily until Devereaux begins to call on Helen, her sister-in-law. Reagan is informed by Dixon that Devereaux ruined his home; and during a confrontation between Reagan and Devereaux, the latter is accidentally shot. Ann, who is discovered locked in the room with the body, confesses to the crime; then Reagan admits his guilt; Devereaux, however, reveals on his deathbed the actual circumstances. +

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Subject (Minor):
Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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