Seven Keys to Baldpate Triple Feature

Three different (and delightful!) versions of George M. Cohan's comedic adaptation of Charlie Chan creator Earl Derr Biggers mystery classic, from three different Hollywood eras.

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4.6

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4.0

What a great idea

By Joe from L.A.

from Los Angeles, CA

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    Comments about Seven Keys to Baldpate Triple Feature:

    This was a great idea to put all three RKO versions of Seven Keys To Baldpate together on one DVD collection, and although the source material is the same they all have their individual differences. I had only seen the 1947 version before, but the real surprise here was how "cinematic" the 1929 version was. Early talkies from this period were mostly pretty static, but this version moves along quite well with a lot a camera set ups and good photography and editing for the time. The transfers are all pretty nice, considering how old these films are, with good contrast and a minimum of white negative dirt and wear. I'd recommend this set to anyone who likes old mysteries. Of the three I think the 1935 version is probably the weakest, but you'll have to judge for yourself. I like a lot about the 1929 version, but I think I enjoyed the 1947 version the best, but you'll have to judge them for yourself. They're a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy them.

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    5.0

    So Happy I Purchased

    By Lisa B.

    from Pittsburgh, Pa

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      Comments about Seven Keys to Baldpate Triple Feature:

      I was skeptical about 3 versions of the same movie and especially what the quality would be of the 1929 version. I watched all 3 in one night and enjoyed each one. The storyline, while mostly the same, changed somewhat in the 1929 vs. 1935/1947 versions. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the 1929 version. I loved the 1935/1947 versions, however, for the more mysterious Baldpate hotel scenery.

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      5.0

      read the book mystery and comedy

      By william the great

      from new york

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        Comments about Seven Keys to Baldpate Triple Feature:

        good service

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        4.0

        Good Movies!

        By Fan30-40

        from Glendale, AZ

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          Comments about Seven Keys to Baldpate Triple Feature:

          The 1929 version is good, the 1935 version is so, so.
          The best version in my opinion is the 1947 one. Very good acting and overall a much better plot than the rest.
          Richard Dix, is very good in the 29 one and this one is more on the funny side.
          All three movies are worth watching and the picture quality is very good.

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          5.0

          Seeing triple

          By jrcasey1960

          from Jonesboro, AR

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            Comments about Seven Keys to Baldpate Triple Feature:

            Clunky stagebound George M. Cohan-adapted Earl Derr Biggers mystery-comedy was first filmed in 1917 as a silent starring Cohan. These talkie adaptations are fun, and I was surprised that the 1947 version was the most enjoyable! RKO must have paid handsomely for the screen rights to this, as they felt compelled to make it three times! All three versions (1929, 1935, & 1947) are included in this 2 disc set, and they all look fine source-wise. There's not much difference in the script between the versions, but there are some stark differences in the type of casts, thus they're interesting to compare. The 1929 version is a fairly fluid (camera-wise) affair for an early talkie. Great set!

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