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Behind Locked Doors (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | October 1948 (USA)
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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(as Oscar Boetticher)

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Dr. Clifford Porter (as Tom Brown Henry)
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Judge Finlay Drake
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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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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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Referenced in Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) See more »

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Johnson Makes the Movie
2 July 2015 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

What a stroke of inspiration sticking 300-lb. monster Tor Johnson into this otherwise routine thriller. Just the scary thought of getting locked in the same cell with this punch drunk baldy (The Champ) makes the whole movie. Up to that point, nothing much happens as Carlson's PI goes undercover in a funny farm to find a missing judge. Too bad more time isn't spent with the inmates as they add real color to the otherwise colorless Carlson. That unexpected scream in the night, for example, sends a nightmarish chill, and should send Carlson to the nearest exit. Actually, the 60-minutes comes across like a prison picture, with a sadistic guard (Fowley), a compromised warden (Browne), and a vulnerable hero (Carlson). I wouldn't call the results noir (no ambiguous central character or spider woman), but the many foreboding shadows suggest noir. Still, I can't see anyone paying to enter such a grim institutional setting. But then this is the movies. All in all, it's an okay little flick, but director Boetticher did much better with westerns (and a bigger budget).


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