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Behind Locked Doors (1948)

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A well-known judge has become a fugitive from the police, with a large reward on his head. A reporter believes that the judge is hiding in a private sanitarium, so she seeks out a private ... See full summary »

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Kathy Lawrence
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Ross Stewart
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Larson
Ralf Harolde ...
Fred Hopps
Thomas Browne Henry ...
Dr. Clifford Porter (as Tom Brown Henry)
Herbert Heyes ...
Judge Finlay Drake
Gwen Donovan ...
Madge Bennett
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A well-known judge has become a fugitive from the police, with a large reward on his head. A reporter believes that the judge is hiding in a private sanitarium, so she seeks out a private investigator and asks him to pretend to be insane, so that he can get inside the sanitarium and look for the judge. The investigator is admitted to the asylum, and encounters many dangers while trying to prove that the judge is there. Written by Snow Leopard

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MURDER was the ONLY way out!


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3 September 1948 (USA)  »

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Human Gorilla  »

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Dr. Clifford Porter: Larson! How many times have I told you not to abuse the patients?
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Behind Locked Doors (1948) ***
10 March 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

An entertaining little item, if not with a very original plot line. It's a noirish low budget film starring Richard Carlson (THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON) as a private eye pretending to be mentally ill so he can be admitted to an asylum called "La Siesta Sanitarium". A woman reporter believes that a corrupt judge is hiding out there and wants Carlson to investigate. Naturally, once our hero gets inside it is revealed that despite its seemingly comforting name, this sanitarium is anything but warm and cozy with its underhanded coordinator and nasty attendants.

This is a very short (62 minutes) and tightly wound film that moves and is well photographed with shadowy detail. Carlson is quite good in it, and I spotted former Our Gang child star Dickie Moore as a patient. Also on hand is Tor Johnson as a hulking punch drunk inmate in a padded cell who goes into his wild boxing antics whenever sadistic guards taunt him by tapping bell-like ringing sounds from outside his cage! This film is sometimes known as THE HUMAN GORILLA, which was its reissue title. *** out of ****


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