The Door with Seven Locks (1940 film)

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The Door with Seven Locks
Film poster with the US title
Directed by Norman Lee
Produced by John Argyle
Screenplay by John Argyle
Gilbert Gunn
Norman Lee
Based on The Door with Seven Locks
by Edgar Wallace
Starring Leslie Banks
Lilli Palmer
Romilly Lunge
Gina Malo
Music by Guy Jones
Cinematography Alex Bryce
Ernest Palmer
Edited by E.G. Richards
John Argyle Productions
Distributed by Pathe Pictures (UK)
Release date
  • 12 October 1940 (1940-10-12) (UK)
  • 20 December 1940 (1940-12-20) (US)
Running time
89 minutes (UK)
79 minutes (US)
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Door with Seven Locks is a 1940 black-and-white British film, created and released shortly after the British Board of Film Censors lifted its mid-1930s ban on supernatural-themed and horror genre films. It was based on the novel The Door with Seven Locks by Edgar Wallace. Released in the United States by Monogram Pictures under the title Chamber of Horrors, it was the second Wallace film adaptation to arrive in the United States, the first being The Dark Eyes of London (called The Human Monster in the US),[1] starring Béla Lugosi, which had been released the year before.

Plot synopsis[edit]

A wealthy lord dies and is entombed with a valuable deposit of jewels. Seven keys are required to unlock the tomb and get hold of the treasure. A series of mysterious events cause the keys to be scattered, and when trying to unravel the circumstances, the heiress of the fortune and her companion investigators become entangled in a web of fraud, deceit, torture, and murder.



  1. ^ "Chamber of Horrors". Movie Tome. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 

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