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the solitude of an isolated resort in winter to get on with his writing, just as Jack Torrance would de- cades later in THE SHINING. Before he can make headway on his book, Magee is bothered by a suc- cession of shady, duplicitous characters who show up at the inn, each of them carrying what they believe is the only key.


Magee is mired in business involving crooked politicians, an envelope full of graft money, a weep- ing mystery woman, snarling gangsters, and a mi- sogynist hermit who haunts the grounds. The joke, of course, is that Magee’s real life becomes as ab- surdly melodramatic as his previous books, calling into question what realism in literature actually is. The point, though veiled, is that of SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS: a popular entertainer should concentrate on being the best popular entertainer he can be, freeing himself of a passing pretension to “better things.”


SEVEN KEYS TO BALDPATE 1917, Alpha, 65m 2s, $7.98, DVD-1


SEVEN KEYS TO BALDPATE TRIPLE FEATURE Warner Home Entertainment 1929, 1935, 1947


72m 28s, 68m 58s, 67m 53s, $29.98, DVD-1


HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS 1983, Final Cut Entertainment £9.75, 96m, PAL DVD-2


HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS 1983, Kino Lorber, $20.95, 102m 6s, BD-A


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