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The Strange Door Details


Reunited for the first time since 1932's , Charles Laughton and Boris Karloff star in the second-echelon Universal melodrama The Strange Door. Based on a Robert Louis Stevenson story, the film casts Laughton as unhinged French aristocrat Alan De Maletroit. Angered when his sweetheart jilts him in favor of his brother Edmond (Paul Cavanuagh), De Maletroit tosses Edmond in his castle dungeon, then years later forces Edmond's daughter Blanche (Sally Forrest) into a marriage of convenience with the seemingly worthless Dennis de Beaulieu (Richard Stapley). Imprisoned within the walls of the castle by the overbearing De Maletroit, Blanche and Dennis fall genuinely in love, then conspire with De Maletroit's long-suffering servant Voltan (Boris Karloff) to escape. But the villain's torture chamber is just large enough for the three would-be escapees ... While Strange Door permits Charles Laughton plenty of room to dole out ham in thick, juicy slices, poor Boris Karloff has nearly nothing to do, much to the disappointment of his fans. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Charles Laughton
as Sire Alan de Maletroit
Boris Karloff
as Voltan
Sally Forrest
as Blanche de Maletroit
Richard Stapley
as Denis de Beaulieu
Michael Pate
as Talon
Alan Napier
as Count Grassin
William Cottrell
as Corbeau
Morgan Farley
as Rinville
Charles Horvath
as Turec
Paul Cavanagh
as Edmond de Maletroit
Eddie Parker
as Moret


Joseph Pevney
Ted Richmond
Jerry Sackheim
Irving Glassberg
Joseph E. Gershenson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Hans Salter
Composer (Music Score)
Bernard Herzbrun
Art Director
Julia Heron
Set Designer
Rosemary Odell
Costume Designer
David S. Horsley
Special Effects
Bud Westmore