Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Locked Door (1929).

The Locked Door(1929). Drama film featuring Barbara Stanwyck in her second film appearance, first starring role, and first talking picture. It was based on the play The Sign on the Door by Channing Pollock. Other cast members: Rod La Rocque, William "Stage" Boyd, and Betty Bronson.

Frank Devereaux, takes Ann Carter, his father's secretary, to a floating party 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 lives happily until Devereaux begins to visit her sister in law, Helen. Reagan is informed by Dixon that Devereaux ruined his home and during an argument between Reagan and Devereaux, the latter is accidentally shot. Ann, who is found locked in the room with the body, confesses to the crime then Reagan admits his guilt. Will Devereaux, reveal the actual circumstance?

BARBARA STANWYCK was never too fond of her first talkie and it's easy to see why. But, it is fun to see Barbara in one of her first performances.

Betty Bronson (November 17, 1906 – October 19, 1971), began her film career at age of sixteen with a small part in the film, Anna Ascends. At seventeen, she had an interview with J. M. Barrie, author of, Peter Pan. This film role had been sought by both Gloria Swanson and Mary Pickford, but Bronson won the role. She starred with Mary Brian (Wendy Darling) and Esther Ralston (Mrs Darling) the three of them became very close friends for the rest of their lives. She had a major role in the 1925 silent film adaptation of, Ben-Hur. In 1926, she starred in another Barrie story, A Kiss for Cinderella. Her first sound film was in, The Singing Fool (1928) and she also starred in the follow-up film, Sonny Boy (1929). She was the leading lady opposite Jack Benny in the romantic drama, The Medicine Man (1930). Bronson continued film roles until 1933 when she married Ludwig Lauerhass. She did not appear in films again until, Yodelin' Kid from Pine Ridge (1937), starring Gene Autry. She resumed acting in the 1960s appearing in episode television roles and feature films. Her last film role was an uncredited part in the television biopic, Evel Knievel (1971).


  1. Nice post, Dawn. I love to watch this movie and see the evolution of Barbara Stanwyck's acting. But poor Rod LaRocque! He looked good for silents, but his voice and stilted delivery in this movie were just awful! He was definitely one of the victims of the switch to talkies.

  2. Becky, Barbara Stanwyck, looks very natural in front of the camera, even from her first film..


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