The Strange Door


Noble-born cad Dennis (Stapley) has been tricked into a forced stay at the eerie manor of the Sire de Maletroit (Laughton), an evil madman who can't get over the death of his beloved, twenty years after she married his brother (Cavanagh) instead and then passed away during childbirth. Maletroit is determined to have his revenge: the brother has been stowed away in the dungeon for two decades, while he's convinced his disreputable house guest will make a suitably hellish husband for his niece. As luck would have it, the young couple manage to fall in love, and with the help of manservant Voltan (Karloff), they try to make their escape, but not before a final confrontation with Maletroit in the dungeon's crushing deathtrap.

Charles Laughton .... Alain de Maletroit
Boris Karloff .... Voltan
Sally Forrest .... Blanche de Maletroit
Richard Wyler .... Dennis de Beaulieu
William Cottrell .... Corbeau
Alan Napier .... Count Grassan
Morgan Farley .... Renville
Paul Cavanagh .... Edmond de Maletroit
Michael Pate .... Talon
Charles Horvath .... Turec

Sally Forrest

Sally Forrest was born Katherine Sally Feeney on May 28, 1928 in San Diego, CA. Sally's parents were both amateur ballroom dancers so it was no surprise when Sally developed an interest in dancing. Sally entered dance classes by the first grade and was signed by MGM upon her graduation from high school. In 1945, she moved with her parents to Hollywood where Sally worked on the dances used in the films 'Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)' and 'The Kissing Bandit (1948)'. Soon unemployed, Sally worked in small roles until she teamed with Ida Lupino who was producing and directing small films at the time. Ida Lupino, Sally in Not Wanted (1949) and Hard Fast and Beautiful (1950); in the latter film Forrest delivered her best screen performance as a brilliant but emotionally cold-blooded tennis pro. After that Sally returned to MGM where she was cast in movies with stars such as Boris Karloff and Red Skelton. She was quite alluring as an inappropriately blonde Persian harem girl in Son of Sinbad (1955). When her husband, Milo, moved to New York, she went with him. There she worked in summer stock and on Broadway in the stage play "The Seven Year Itch". Sally would appear in only a couple of movies after that, but she would once more work with Ida Lupino in 'While the City Sleeps (1956). Sally Forrest's last movie appearance was in Ride the High Iron (1957), which began life as a TV pilot film but was released theatrically when the pilot failed to sell.

Measurements: 35" 23" 33" (source - People Today, 23 April 1952)