DVD region 0. Odeon.
Locket is a curious puzzle of a film – peeling
away layers of the story, the film opens with Gene Raymond confronted
on his wedding day by Brian Aherene, who tells him a long-winded
and convoluted story about his bride-to-be, Nancy (Laraine Day).
In a series of flashback within flashbacks, we discover that Nancy
is a compulsive kleptomaniac, and possibly a murderer, who has
destroyed the lives of various men, including Robert Mitchum as
an artist who falls under her spell, only to realise that she
is not who she seems to be.
Made in 1946, The Locket is very much of its
time, mixing melodrama with psychological mystery (as Hitchcock
did rather more successfully in films like Spellbound
and Rebecca) as it examines the effect of a childhood
trauma on the disturbed Nancy. The multi-flashback format –
with the story effectively being told third or even fourth hand
at times – is an interesting gimmick, but it does rather
cause the film to drag somewhat, and the story takes forever to
Performances are good – most notably Mitchum as the cynical
artist – and John Brahm’s direction is solid, keeping
his complicated story on track. But the film simply isn’t
interesting enough to hold the attention, and by the final revelation
of the truth, most viewers are likely to have stopped caring.
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