“The Locket (1946)” starring Lorraine Day and Robert Mitchum

  1. Directed by John Brahm
    Produced by Bert Granet
    Written by Sheridan Gibney
    Starring Laraine Day
    Brian Aherne
    Robert Mitchum
    Gene Raymond
    Music by Roy Webb
    Cinematography Nicholas Musuraca
    Edited by J.R. Whittredge
    Distributed by RKO Pictures
    Release dates
    December 20, 1946[1]
    Running time
    85 minutes
    Country United States
    Language English
    Box office $1,750,000 (US)[2]

The Locket is a 1946 film noir directed by John Brahm, starring Laraine Day, Brian Aherne, Robert Mitchum, and Gene Raymond, and released by RKO Pictures. The film is based on a screenplay by Sheridan Gibney, adapted from “What Nancy Wanted” by Norma Barzman, wife of later-blacklisted writer Ben Barzman.[3] It is noted for its complex use of layered flashbacks (flashbacks within flashbacks) to give psychological depth to the narrative.

A story told in a number of flashbacks from different points of view, this psychological drama tells the story of a bride-to-be (Day) who, as a child, was falsely accused of theft. She grows up to become a kleptomaniac, inveterate liar, and eventually a murderess.

Apparently, all her misdeeds are an attempt by the woman to get her revenge on the world that has falsely accused her of stealing as a child by ruining people’s lives. After splitting up with an artist (Mitchum), and her psychiatrist husband (Aherne), she becomes engaged to the son (Raymond) of the woman who had accused her of thievery. Back in the present day, at her wedding, the young woman collapses physically and mentally as she walks to the altar.

Laraine Day as Nancy Monks Blair Patton
Brian Aherne as Dr. Harry Blair
Robert Mitchum as Norman Clyde
Gene Raymond as John Willis
Sharyn Moffett as Nancy, age 10
Ricardo Cortez as Drew Bonner
Katherine Emery as Mrs. Willis
Helene Thimig as Mrs. Monks
Reginald Denny as Mr. Wendell
Nella Walker as Mrs. Wendell
Henry Stephenson as Lord Wyndham
Lillian Fontaine as Lady Wyndham
Martha Hyer (guest at reception for bride-to-be, uncredited)
Ellen Corby (kitchen cook, uncredited)


2 thoughts on “ “The Locket (1946)” starring Lorraine Day and Robert Mitchum

  1. Have not seen this, but should do as I liked Robert Mitchum. I think what you do is absolutely fantastic, love it. Thank you so much for all the hard work.

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