Based on the 1933 Broadway play of the same name by Elizabeth A. McFadden, Double Door is a pre-Hays Code directed by Charles Vidor (GildaBlind Alley).

Victoria Van Brett (Mary Morris, who had a long stage career but this was her only film) rules her family, even destroying the relationships that her brother Rip (Kent Taylor, Brain of Blood many years after this) has until Anne Darrow (Evelyn Venable, the voice and the model for the Blue Fairy in Pinocchio and one of the rumored inspirations for the Columbia Pictures logo) starts dating him. Just how horrible is Victoria? Well, she once locked her sister Caroline (Anne Revere, who would win the Best Supporting Oscar for National Velvet and be an outspoken critic of the House Un-American Activities Committee, which got her blacklisted) in a soundproof safe for a long period of time just for making her mad.

I mean, she also has one of the servants close the organ during “Here Comes the Bride” as Victoria and Rip are being married in her house, so there’s really no limit to the amount of mean that she has in store for everyone. That must be how she got the name “The Female Frankenstein of Fifth Avenue.”

Double Door has just been re-released by Kino Lorber, along with two audio commentaries. One is by Tom Weaver and the other by David Del Valle and Stan Shaffer. There are also trailers and subtitles. You can order it directly from Kino Lorber.

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