Double Door (1934)
It is the performance of the forgotten stage actress Mary Morris who you will remember here, that is if you are lucky enough to find a copy of this rare gem. Obviously based on a stage melodrama which starred miss Morris, she is here in her only film role and is playing a highly despicable character whom you no needs to be locked up and institutionalized herself. As a dominating matriarch of a New York old money family, she has kept her younger sister Anne Revere and her younger half brother under her thumb.
When the younger brother falls in love with the pretty Evelyn Venable, Morriss hates her instantly, and takes drastic steps to prevent the family dynamic from being invaded from an outsider. A spooky flashback shows the younger Morris with her half brother doing deeds of such creepiness that you know this is a madness that goes way back, possibly caused by the presumed cruelty of this family's deceased patriarch.
The double door title refers to the family vault, a sound proof room off of Morriss's bedroom where the family valuables are kept. through a conversation with Anne Revere and Morriss we learn that the older sister has use this as punishment and may do so again should her whacked out brain push her to take these evil steps. (IMDB mark.waltz)
|Anne Revere (L)|
|Kent Taylor - Mary Morris - Evelyn Venable|