Double Door (film)

Double Door is a 1934 American pre-Code drama film directed by Charles Vidor and written by Jack Cunningham and Gladys Lehman. It is based on the 1933 Broadway play of the same name by Elizabeth A. McFadden.

Double Door
Directed byCharles Vidor
Produced byE. Lloyd Sheldon
Screenplay byJack Cunningham
Gladys Lehman
Based onthe 1933 play Double Door
by Elizabeth A. McFadden
StarringEvelyn Venable
Mary Morris
Anne Revere
Kent Taylor
CinematographyHarry Fischbeck (Fr)
Edited byJames Smith
Production
company
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • May 4, 1934 (1934-05-04)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

The film stars Evelyn Venable, Mary Morris, Anne Revere and Kent Taylor. Morris and Revere reprised their Broadway roles.[1] Though Morris had a long stage career, this is her only film performance.[1]

The film was released on May 4, 1934, by Paramount Pictures.[2][3]

Plot

A domineering woman, Victoria Van Brett, tries to destroy her brother (Rip)'s marriage to young Anne Darrow.

Cast

Reception

The New York Times review was favorable: "The film version of Miss McFadden's play is a careful and intelligent copy of the original."[2] Morris was praised for her "highly effective performance", while "Evelyn Venable, as the young wife, and Anne Revere, as the sister (the part she played on the stage), are admirable foils for the cruel old witch. They are reinforced effectively by Kent Taylor, Sir Guy Standing and Colin Tapley."[2]

References

  1. Soister, John T. (January 1, 2004). Up from the Vault: Rare Thrillers of the 1920s and 1930s. McFarland. pp. 173–4. ISBN 9780786417452. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  2. Staff (1934-05-05). "Movie Review - Double Door - Horror in an Old Mansion". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2015-02-27.
  3. "Double Door (1934)-Overview". TCM.com. Retrieved 2015-02-27.


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