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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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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)

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1.37 : 1
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Both this and the 1947 version feature a character named Professor Boulton--who is not in the play on which they are based. See more »

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Supporting cast saves this so-so 1930s mystery
13 June 2012 | by PaularocSee all my reviews

I had seen this movie several years ago and recall not liking it much but thought I would give it another try as I do like Gene Raymond and 1930s mysteries. Writer Bill Magee (Raymond) is on his way to the closed-for-the-season Baldpate Inn. Supposedly, there is only one key to the inn and Magee has it. Magee has to write a novel in 24 hours and requires the peace and quiet that a closed inn will give him (he should be so lucky). As is repeated often "there is only one key to the inn and I have it." The "I" is Magee and six other people. The movie drags at first but does pick up towards the end. Gene Raymond does a nice job and the there is a strong supporting cast (with the exception of the bland Margaret Callahan). My two favorites were Walther Brennan as the Station Agent (one could close one's eyes and still know it was Walter Brennan speaking as his voice was so distinctive) and Henry Travers as the Hermit. I thank the other reviewers for adding the fascinating information about the play and Cohan. I liked this movie better at the second watching but it sure isn't going make my "top 1,000 favorite movies" list.


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