The Black Room
Tagline – He was a demon of death… whose mysterious chambers held gruesome secrets!
Starring – Boris Karloff (Baron Gregor de Berghman/Anton de Berghman), Marian Marsh (Thea Hassel), Robert Allen (Lt. Albert Lussan), Thurston Hall (Col. Paul Hassel).
Released – July, 1935
Directed By – Roy William Neill
Produced By – Columbia Pictures Corporation
Distributed By – Columbia Pictures Corporation
Description – Anton and Gregor de Berghman are twin brothers, and according to prophecy, Anton will kill his brother in the Black Room of the family castle. Threats to Gregor’s life are nothing new, as his subjects have made many attempts on his life due to his ruthless tyranny as their baron.
After being away for ten years, the good-natured Anton returns and easily earns the respect of his brothers subjects. He also earns the admiration of Col. Hassel, uncle of the beautiful Thea.
The evil Gregor goes too far when he murders young servant Mashka. The subjects have had enough, and storm the Berghman castle determined to remove Gregor from power. In an effort to save his own life, Gregor agrees to step down and turn his power over to his popular brother Anton.
However, there is no end to the diabolical plotting of Gregor as he kills his brother in order to assume his identity, return to power, and have the beautiful Thea’s hand in marriage with the mistaken blessings of her father Col. Hassel.
It doesn’t take too long for Col. Hassel to become suspicious of the new Anton and his suspicions result in his own murder.
Thea is in love with Lt. Albert Lussan, who has been framed for the murder of Col. Hassel, and finds herself now at the mercy of the baron. While it looks as though nothing can save her from having to marry the baron, and in spite of Anton’s murder, there is still a prophecy to be fulfilled!