In the Next Room (1930)

68 mins | Melodrama, Mystery | 26 January 1930

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HISTORY

In 1941, Warner Bros. produced another adaptation of the play In the Next Room and novel The Mystery of the Boule Cabinet under the title The Black Parrot . That film was directed by Noel M. Smith and starred William Lundigan and Maris Wrixon (See Entry). The novel was the sole basis of a 1916 Unity Pictures film entitled The Pursuing Vengeance , which was directed by Martin Sabine and starred Sheldon Lewis and Jane Meredith. (See ... More Less

In 1941, Warner Bros. produced another adaptation of the play In the Next Room and novel The Mystery of the Boule Cabinet under the title The Black Parrot . That film was directed by Noel M. Smith and starred William Lundigan and Maris Wrixon (See Entry). The novel was the sole basis of a 1916 Unity Pictures film entitled The Pursuing Vengeance , which was directed by Martin Sabine and starred Sheldon Lewis and Jane Meredith. (See Entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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Film Daily
6 Apr 1931.
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New York Times
7 Apr 1930
p. 21.
Variety
9 Apr 1930.
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LITERARY
Based on the play In the Next Room by Eleanor Robson Belmont and Harriet Ford (New York, 27 Nov 1923) and the novel The Mystery of the Boule Cabinet by Burton Egbert Stevenson (New York, 1912).
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 January 1930
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
14 May 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1301
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA itaphone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
68
Length(in feet):
6,336
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Following a prolog set in 1889 in which an irate husband kills his wife's lover, New York in 1929 is revealed to be terrified by a series of knife murders. Police are mysteriously called to the house of Mr. Vantine, but he refuses to admit them; Jimmy Godfrey, a young reporter in love with Vantine's niece, Lorna, arrives and helps them unpack an antique cabinet in which they find a woman in a hypnotic trance. The son of the former owner of the cabinet arrives and goes for the police, but the girl disappears. Detective Morel is knocked unconscious, the son of the former owner falls dead, and Mr. Vantine gets bumped on the head. Lorna is abducted and taken to the wine cellar as Jimmy is calling the newspaper; but she is rescued by a one-legged butler. Meanwhile, the hypnotized girl revives and reveals that she and her partner had planned to smuggle diamonds into the house but that he was killed by poison. The detective discovers, however, that the cabinet was sent to the wrong ... +


Following a prolog set in 1889 in which an irate husband kills his wife's lover, New York in 1929 is revealed to be terrified by a series of knife murders. Police are mysteriously called to the house of Mr. Vantine, but he refuses to admit them; Jimmy Godfrey, a young reporter in love with Vantine's niece, Lorna, arrives and helps them unpack an antique cabinet in which they find a woman in a hypnotic trance. The son of the former owner of the cabinet arrives and goes for the police, but the girl disappears. Detective Morel is knocked unconscious, the son of the former owner falls dead, and Mr. Vantine gets bumped on the head. Lorna is abducted and taken to the wine cellar as Jimmy is calling the newspaper; but she is rescued by a one-legged butler. Meanwhile, the hypnotized girl revives and reveals that she and her partner had planned to smuggle diamonds into the house but that he was killed by poison. The detective discovers, however, that the cabinet was sent to the wrong address. +

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