Secret of the Chateau (1934)
A film directed by Richard Thorpe

Genre: Crime / Mystery / Romance / Thriller

Film Review

Secret of the Chateau is an American thriller film first released on 3rd December 1934, directed by Richard Thorpe. Cinematography was by Robert H. Planck. It is based on a story by Lawrence G. Blochman and stars Claire Dodd, Alice White, Osgood Perkins, Jack La Rue and George E. Stone.   It is an Universal Pictures production, produced by Lou L. Ostrow and distributed by Universal Pictures.   The film was released with the tagline: "Shadows Come to Life! Traps Snare Women! Trunks Swallow Men! Bells Toll Out Death!"   It is a black and white film and runs to 1 hour and 6 minutes.  

Our overall rating for Secret of the Chateau is: good - passable entertainment.

Other memorable films that have been directed by Richard Thorpe include: The King of the Kongo (1929), King of the Wild (1931), Forgotten (1933) and The Horizontal Lieutenant (1962). The actor Claire Dodd has also appeared in: Lawyer Man (1932), The Broken Wing (1932), Journal of a Crime (1934) and The Case of the Velvet Claws (1936).

Other films that you may be interested in are: Fritz Lang's Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956), Richard Fleischer's The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955), George Cukor's Keeper of the Flame (1942), Jacques Feyder's Macadam (1946) and Lionel Jeffries's The Railway Children (1970).

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Film Credits

  • Director: Richard Thorpe
  • Script: Harry Behn, Llewellyn Hughes, Lawrence G. Blochman (story), Albert DeMond
  • Photo: Robert H. Planck
  • Cast: Claire Dodd (Julie Verlaine), Alice White (Didi Bonfee), Osgood Perkins (Martin), Jack La Rue (Lucien Vonaire), George E. Stone (Armand), Clark Williams (Paul De Brunay), William Faversham (Monsieur Fos), Ferdinand Gottschalk (Chief Inspector Marotte), DeWitt Jennings (Louis Bardou), Helen Ware (Madame Rombiere), Frank Reicher (Auctioneer), Alphonse Ethier (Commissioner), Morgan Brown (Auction Accountant), Cecil Elliott (Cook), Adolph Faylauer (Auction Bidder), Christian J. Frank (Snoring Auction Bidder), Charles K. French (Auction Bidder), Sam Harris (Auction Bidder), Olaf Hytten (LaFarge), Tony Merlo (Arthur), Paul Nicholson (Domme), Jean Perry (Gendarme), Pietro Sosso (Waiter), Frank Thornton (George), Leo White (Claude)
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English
  • Support: Black and White
  • Runtime: 66 min

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