Double Door by Charles Vidor (US, 1934, 75 min.). Based on a 1933 stage production billed as “The Play That Made Broadway Gasp,” this thriller features an over-the-top performance by Mary Morris (repeating her stage role) as a wealthy, domineering matriarch whose suppressed incestuous urges go into overdrive when her half-brother brings a new bride home to the family’s gloomy Fifth Avenue mansion. The title refers to a secret soundproofed chamber that the villainess uses to entrap her enemies.
Preservation funded by The Packard Humanities Institute. Preserved in conjunction with Universal Pictures from the 35mm nitrate studio composite answer print. Laboratory services by The Stanford Theatre Film Laboratory, Audio Mechanics, DJ Audio, Simon Daniel Sound. Special thanks to Bob O’Neil.