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The Locket

D: John Brahm C: Laraine Day, Brian Aherne, Robert Mitchum

The Locket, poster, Laraine Day, Robert Mitchum, Brian Aherne, Gene Raymond, 1946. (Photo by LMPC via Getty Images)

On John Willis’ wedding day, he is visited by Dr. Harry Blair, who warns him not to marry Nancy, his intended bride, telling him in a flashback about being warned on his wedding day not to marry her  by Robert Mitchum in a flashback in the flashback. After having stolen a bracelet at a party, later robbing and killing their host at another party, she tells him in a flashback in the flashback of the flashback that being accused as a child of stealing a locket, she became a kleptomaniac. The man accused of the murder is going to be executed on their wedding night, and so he is. Mitchum, his conscience clear, jumps to his death. The doctor having discovered his wife’s secret during the blitz, immediately goes mad, then goes sane again, warning John Willis not to marry her, which is of course where we came in. Her prospective mother-in-law on her wedding day turning out to be the same woman, who accused her, and asking her to wear the same locket, she immediately goes mad. This may be a bit confusing, but I think I’ve figured it out. You see, the real culprit is Nancy’s identical twin, having a split personality and having been an amnesiac since the blitz. As luck will have it, she regains her memory on Nancy’s wedding day and confesses to her crimes, having learned that she’s dying from an inoperable brain tumor. But where’s Joan Crawford?

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