The Door with Seven Locks (1940)

UK, 1940
89m 17s, 8,017 feet/2,444 metres
35mm film, black and white
mono, English

A British horror film directed by Norman Lee.

Plot Summary

When Lord Charles Selford died, he was buried in the family crypt, sealed in with a door with seven locks. A decade later, June Lansdowne arrives at the mansion to find a bizarre tenant, Dr Manetta, a Spanish medic, squatting there with a penchant for collecting instruments of … A string of murders is committed, investigated by June and two detectives who between them get to the bottom of the many mysteries surrounding Selford Manor.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Norman Lee
© [not given on screen]
Pathe Pictures Ltd presents a Rialto Pictures production
Produced by: John Argyle
Production Manager: H. G. Inglis
Screenplay: Norman Lee, Gilbert Gunn
Based upon a treatment by: John F. Argyle
Based on the novel ‘The Door With Seven Locks‘ by: Edgar Wallace
Photography: Alex Bryce, Ernest Palmer
Camera: Ronnie Anscombe
Film Editor: E.G. Richards
Musical Director: Guy Jones
Sound Supervisor: H. Benson
[Sound] Recordist: F. McNally
RCA Sound System
Art Director: Charles Gilbert
Studio: Welwyn Studios

Cast
Leslie Banks (Doctor Manetta)
Lilli Palmer (June Lansdowne)
Romilly Lunge (Dick Martin)
Gina Malo (Glenda Baker)
Richard Bird (Det. Inspector Andy Sneed)
David Horne (Edward Havelock)
J.H. Roberts ([John] Silva)
Cathleen Nesbitt (Ann Cody)
Harry Hutchinson (Bevan Cody)
Phil Ray (Cawler)
R. Montgomery (Craig)
Aubrey Mallalieu (Lord [Charles Francis] Selford)
Ross Landon (John Selford)

Alternative Titles

7 lukon ovi – Finland
Chamber of Horrors – USA
La puerta de las siete cerraduras – Spain

Remake
Die Tür mit den 7 Schlössern (1962)

References

Periodicals

  • Kine Weekly no.1729 (6 June 1940) – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin June 1940 p.87 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Herald 27 March 1941 – review
  • Today's Cinema vol.54 no.4424 (5 June 1940) – review

Books

  • The British Film Catalogue 1895-1985: A Reference Guide by Denis Gifford catalogue number: 09702
  • British Sound Films: The Studio Years 1928-1959 by David Quinlan p.204 – credits, synopsis
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.32
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.99-100
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.109 – credits, review