7 Keys to Baldpate (1947)

35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono (RCA Sound System), English

An American borderline horror film directed by Lew Landers.

Plot Summary

Writer Kenneth Magee bets that he can stay at the creepy Baldpate Inn, alone, to finish his new novel. He supposedly has the only key to the building but it turns out there are six others six other and he's constantly bothered by a parade of strange and sometimes sinister visitors.


Directed by: Lew Landers
Copyright MCMXLVII [1947] RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
RKO Radio Pictures Inc. presents
Produced by: Herman Schlom
Screen Play by: Lee Loeb
From the Novel by: Earl Derr Biggers
And the Dramatization by: George M. Cohan
Director of Photography: Jack MacKenzie
Film Editor: J.R. Whittredge
Music by: Paul Sawtell
Sound by: John C. Grubb, Terry Kellum
Art Directors: Albert S. D'Agostino, Lucius O. Croxton

Phillip Terry (Kenneth Magee)
Jacqueline White (Mary Jordan)
Eduardo Ciannelli (Cargan)
Margaret Lindsay (Connie Lane)
Arthur Shields (Prof Bolton)
Jimmy Conlin (Pete the hermit)
Tony Barrett (Max Rogers)
Richard Powers [real name: Tom Keene] (Steve Bland)
Jason Robards (Hayden)

Alternative Titles

De 7 nycklarnas gåta – Swedish title
Il mistero delle sette chiavi – Italian title

See also
Broadway Television Theatre: Seven Keys to Baldpate (1952)
House of the Long Shadows (1983)
Seven Keys to Baldpate (1916)
Seven Keys to Baldpate (1917)
Seven Keys to Baldpate (1925)
Seven Keys to Baldpate (1929)
Seven Keys to Baldpate (1935)
Seven Keys to Baldpate (1946)



  • Feature Films, 1940-1949: A United States Filmography by Alan G. Fetrow p.438
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis 346
  • The RKO Features by James L. Neibaur p.219 – credits, synopsis
  • RKO Radio Pictures Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films, 1929-1956 by Michael R. Pitts p.274-276