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Seven Keys to Baldpate (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Mystery, Romance | 13 December 1935 (USA)
A writer, looking for some peace and quiet in order to finish a novel, takes a room at the Baldpate Inn. However, peace and quiet are the last things he gets, as there are some very strange goings-on at the establishment.

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Earl Derr Biggers (novel), George M. Cohan (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Raymond ... William Magee
Margaret Callahan ... Mary Norton
Eric Blore ... Prof. Harrison Boulton
Grant Mitchell ... Thomas Hayden
Moroni Olsen ... Mayor Jim Cargan
Erin O'Brien-Moore ... Myra Thornhill
Henry Travers ... Adalbert 'Lem' Peters / The Hermit
Walter Brennan ... Station Agent
Ray Mayer Ray Mayer ... Mr. Bland
Erville Alderson ... Chief of Police Roberts
Murray Alper ... Max the Monk
Harry Beresford ... Elijah Quimby
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Quimby
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A writer, looking for some peace and quiet in order to finish a novel, takes a room at the Baldpate Inn. However, peace and quiet are the last things he gets, as there are some very strange goings-on at the establishment.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As 7 Chaves de Baldpate See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Erville Alderson, who plays the police chief, also appears in the 1947 version, albeit in a smaller role as the station agent (played in this version by Walter Brennan). See more »

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Version of Seven Keys to Baldpate (1929) See more »

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Gangsters in a Dark Old House mystery!
30 March 2014 | by binapiraeusSee all my reviews

One of Earl Derr Biggers' most popular novels (which had been turned into a play by George M. Cohan), "Seven Keys to Baldpate" was adapted for the screen no less than six times; this was the fifth time. And although the movie admittedly can't reach the REALLY high class of the famous 1917 version, where Cohan himself played the leading role, and after more than 20 years the story may already seem a little bit worn-out and much-used, it's nonetheless hilariously lively, funny and at the same time pretty suspenseful, with a neat cast (especially Gene Raymond as the fearless, wisecracking novelist) and an unusual, but really successfully balanced mix of - a gangster movie and a 'Dark Old House' mystery!

The story has been altered a bit, and the supporting characters get more space for all kinds of jokes (especially the women-hater, 'hermit' Henry Travers); and the gangsters' slang and tough guy attitude make a wonderfully strange contrast to the cool and clever ways of the young novelist - and of course, to the classic settings with secret panels, candle-light and groaning staircases...

With a running time of just a little more than an hour, this movie nicely keeps a good pace and leaves no room for boredom; great entertainment for lovers of the genre!


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