The Black Room (1935)

67 or 72 mins | Horror | 25 July 1935

Director:

Roy William Neill

Producer:

Robert North

Cinematographer:

Allen G. Siegler

Editor:

Richard Cahoon

Production Designer:

Stephen Goosson

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

This film was reviewed in HR as The Black Room Mystery ... More Less

This film was reviewed in HR as The Black Room Mystery . More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
6 May 35
p. 4.
Daily Variety
17 Jul 35
p. 3.
Film Daily
25 Jun 35
p. 10.
Film Daily
17 Aug 35
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jul 35
p. 6.
Motion Picture Daily
18 Jul 35
p. 4.
Variety
21 Aug 35
p. 21.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Harry Cohn, President
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd eng
STAND INS
Double for fall in pit
Double for Karloff
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Black Room Mystery
Release Date:
25 July 1935
Production Date:
6 May--7 June 1935
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
27 July 1935
Copyright Number:
LP5689
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67 or 72
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
1009
SYNOPSIS

In a Tyrolean castle at the end of the 19th century, twins, Gregor and Anton, are born to the Baron de Berghman. Legend has it that when twins are born to the de Berghman family, the younger twin will kill the older one, so Anton, the youngest, is sent away to prevent a tragedy. Twenty years later, Gregor, who has been left to rule in Anton's absence, requests Anton's return. The town is suspicious of Gregor after several people disappear mysteriously from the castle. Gregor now announces plans to divide the responsibilities of ruling with his brother, but Anton has heard rumors of the disappearances and is wary of Gregor's motives. Gregor plans to marry Thea, Colonel Hassel's daughter, and after he meets her, Anton also becomes smitten with her. Meanwhile, Gregor murders the Hassel's servant, Mashka, when she threatens to reveal their affair. Peter, a palace servant, finds Mashka's scarf and shows it to some peasants who march on the castle. With the mob threatening, Gregor renounces his title in favor of the more popular Anton. Then, Gregor shows his brother the secret entrance to the Black Room, which was used in the past as a torture chamber. Anton sees Mashka's bones in the pit, but before he can react, Gregor shoves his brother into the pit, too. Gregor then assumes Anton's role, imitating his paralyzed arm, and only Thor, Anton's mastiff, knows the truth. After Hassel appoints Gregor as Thea's guardian, he discovers the ruse but before he can expose Gregor, he is murdered. Hassel's murder is blamed on Thea's true love, Lt. Albert Lussan, and Gregor convinces her ... +


In a Tyrolean castle at the end of the 19th century, twins, Gregor and Anton, are born to the Baron de Berghman. Legend has it that when twins are born to the de Berghman family, the younger twin will kill the older one, so Anton, the youngest, is sent away to prevent a tragedy. Twenty years later, Gregor, who has been left to rule in Anton's absence, requests Anton's return. The town is suspicious of Gregor after several people disappear mysteriously from the castle. Gregor now announces plans to divide the responsibilities of ruling with his brother, but Anton has heard rumors of the disappearances and is wary of Gregor's motives. Gregor plans to marry Thea, Colonel Hassel's daughter, and after he meets her, Anton also becomes smitten with her. Meanwhile, Gregor murders the Hassel's servant, Mashka, when she threatens to reveal their affair. Peter, a palace servant, finds Mashka's scarf and shows it to some peasants who march on the castle. With the mob threatening, Gregor renounces his title in favor of the more popular Anton. Then, Gregor shows his brother the secret entrance to the Black Room, which was used in the past as a torture chamber. Anton sees Mashka's bones in the pit, but before he can react, Gregor shoves his brother into the pit, too. Gregor then assumes Anton's role, imitating his paralyzed arm, and only Thor, Anton's mastiff, knows the truth. After Hassel appoints Gregor as Thea's guardian, he discovers the ruse but before he can expose Gregor, he is murdered. Hassel's murder is blamed on Thea's true love, Lt. Albert Lussan, and Gregor convinces her to marry him, instead. On his wedding day, Gregor, on his way to visit the Black Room, is attacked by Thor, causing him to reveal his identity. Gregor retreats to the Black Room, where the angry Thor once again attacks him, this time sending him into the pit where he is impaled on the knife that is gripped in Anton's decaying hand, thus fulfilling the prophecy and leaving Lussan free to marry Thea. +

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