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Secret of the Blue Room (1933)

Passed | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 20 July 1933 (USA)
Twenty years after 3 murders occur in a castle's "blue room", three men who each want to marry a beautiful girl decide to spend a night in the room to prove their bravery to her.

Director:

Kurt Neumann

Writers:

Erich Philippi (original story), William Hurlbut (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lionel Atwill ... Robert von Helldorf
Gloria Stuart ... Irene von Helldorf
Paul Lukas ... Captain Walter Brink
Edward Arnold ... Commissioner Forster
Onslow Stevens ... Frank Faber
William Janney ... Thomas Brandt
Robert Barrat ... Paul, the Butler
Muriel Kirkland ... Betty, the maid
Russell Hopton ... Max, the chauffeur
Elizabeth Patterson ... Mary, the cook
Anders Van Haden Anders Van Haden ... The Stranger
James Durkin ... Kruger, the commissioner's assistant
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Storyline

Twenty years after 3 murders occur in a castle's "blue room", three men who each want to marry a beautiful girl decide to spend a night in the room to prove their bravery to her. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Shocks! Shivers! Sensation! Surprises! Creeping shadows, clutching hands, a blue death-chamber and a houseful of bewildered men defying the supernatural for the sake of a beautiful girl!... See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Secret of the Blue Room See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in six days. See more »

Goofs

When Tommy goes to open the Blue Room door to find Irene there, a shadow of the boom microphone is plainly visible on the door. See more »

Quotes

Betty, the maid: Mary! Mary, did you hear what happened last night?
Mary, the cook: Don't tell me the old cat went and had kittens again.
Betty, the maid: No, silly, it's Mr. Thomas!
Mary, the cook: What?
Betty, the maid: He disappeared.
Mary, the cook: Where to?
Betty, the maid: If we knew where he was, he wouldn't be disappeared, stupid. He slept... in the Blue Room!
Mary, the cook: [suddenly afraid] The ghost room?
Betty, the maid: And he's gone!
Mary, the cook: Oh...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

[before the end credits] A Good Cast Is Worth Repeating. See more »

Connections

Remake of Geheimnis des blauen Zimmers (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Swan Lake
(uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
[main title music]
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A standard dark house mystery with a few twists.
10 June 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

During the 1930s, there were a ton of 'dark house mysteries'...films where a murder takes place at some creepy house or mansion. The cops end up investigating and eventually it's all sorted out by the end...and there are usually a few more bodies by the time it's all sorted. Because of this, there is definitely a sameness to this movie as these others...though fortunately there are enough differences to make it interesting.

The film begins with Irene's 21st birthday. Apparently she (Gloria Stuart) is quite the catch, as three men are there vying for her affection at this little party. To prove his rugged manliness, the youngest of her suitors promises to spend the night in the Blue Room. Why is this so scary? Twenty years ago, three people died there...and it's been bolted shut ever since. The two other suitors join him and by morning, one of them is dead. Soon the inspector (Edward Arnold) arrives and tries to figure out what happened.

It's interesting that the same exact musical intro occurs in this film as "Dracula"....made by the studio two years earlier. "Swan Lake" was reused and most folks might not recognize it...and the IMDb trivia draws attention to this.

So is it any good? Well, it does help that the film has some excellent actors in it, such as Lionel Atwill and Paul Lukas. He and the rest of the cast do a competent job with the story


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