Secret of the Blue Room


Drama / Horror / Mystery

IMDb Rating 6.4 10 747

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Edward Arnold as Commissioner Forster
Paul Lukas as Capt. Walter Brink
Elizabeth Patterson as Mary - the Cook
Lionel Atwill as Robert von Helldorf

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer 6 / 10

A standard dark house mystery with a few twists.

During the 1930s, there were a ton of 'dark house mysteries'...films where a murder takes place at some creepy house or mansion. The cops end up investigating and eventually it's all sorted out by the end...and there are usually a few more bodies by the time it's all sorted. Because of this, there is definitely a sameness to this movie as these others...though fortunately there are enough differences to make it interesting.

The film begins with Irene's 21st birthday. Apparently she (Gloria Stuart) is quite the catch, as three men are there vying for her affection at this little party. To prove his rugged manliness, the youngest of her suitors promises to spend the night in the Blue Room. Why is this so scary? Twenty years ago, three people died there...and it's been bolted shut ever since. The two other suitors join him and by morning, one of them is dead. Soon the inspector (Edward Arnold) arrives and tries to figure out what happened.

It's interesting that the same exact musical intro occurs in this film as "Dracula"....made by the studio two years earlier. "Swan Lake" was reused and most folks might not recognize it...and the IMDb trivia draws attention to this.

So is it any good? Well, it does help that the film has some excellent actors in it, such as Lionel Atwill and Paul Lukas. He and the rest of the cast do a competent job with the story

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 6 / 10

Predictable, but with a good cast

SECRET OF THE BLUE ROOM is a minor Universal horror/mystery from 1933, very similar in tone to the likes of THE OLD DARK HOUSE but not as iconic. Gloria Stuart, also of THE INVISIBLE MAN fame, co-stars and a lively cast is what lifts this out of the doldrums. The predictable storyline involves three men making a bet to stay in a room with a murderous past, with predictably spooky results. There's not much plotting here but then the film does last just over an hour in length; the biggest annoyance is that nobody ever thinks of a secret passage. Heck, I knew all about them by the time I was 10 from the kid's books I used to read! Lionel Atwill is a welcome presence as the patriarch figure.

Reviewed by mark.waltz 5 / 10

There's a prize to be had...if you make it through the night!

Any Universal film that starts off with the music of "Swan Lake" over the credits gets attention in my book, whether it be horror or romantic melodrama. And for this basically forgotten old dark house thriller to start off that way (and last only 65 minutes!), you know you're hooked! This is a gathering at a scene of a long ago murder, inside the blue room, which is utilized for three men who desire the hand in marriage of the heroine (Gloria Stuart). Of course, like "And Then There Were None", the number decreases, comedy and thrills increase, and the revelation is not what you expect. This has a great cast, especially Elizabeth Patterson as the deaf, yet still wise-cracking cook, who doesn't want any murders happening on her shift since that could ruin everybody's appetite.

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