The Door with Seven Locks (1940 film)

The Door with Seven Locks is a 1940 black-and-white British film, created and released shortly after the British Board of Film Censors lifted its mid-1930s ban on supernatural-themed and horror genre films. It was based on the novel The Door with Seven Locks by Edgar Wallace. Released in the United States by Monogram Pictures under the title Chamber of Horrors, it was the second Wallace film adaptation to arrive in the United States, the first being The Dark Eyes of London (called The Human Monster in the US),[1] starring Béla Lugosi, which had been released the year before.

The Door with Seven Locks
Film poster with the US title
Directed byNorman Lee
Produced byJohn Argyle
Screenplay byJohn Argyle
Gilbert Gunn
Norman Lee
Based onThe Door with Seven Locks
by Edgar Wallace
StarringLeslie Banks
Lilli Palmer
Romilly Lunge
Gina Malo
Music byGuy Jones
CinematographyAlex Bryce
Ernest Palmer
Edited byE.G. Richards
John Argyle Productions
Distributed byPathe Pictures (UK)
Release date
  • 12 October 1940 (1940-10-12) (UK)
  • 20 December 1940 (1940-12-20) (US)
Running time
89 minutes (UK)
79 minutes (US)
CountryUnited Kingdom

Plot synopsis

A wealthy lord dies and is entombed with a valuable deposit of jewels. Seven keys are required to unlock the tomb and get hold of the treasure. A series of mysterious events cause the keys to be scattered, and when trying to unravel the circumstances, the heiress of the fortune and her companion investigators become entangled in a web of fraud, deceit, torture, and murder.



  1. "Chamber of Horrors". Movie Tome. Retrieved 29 January 2008.

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