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Secret Beyond the Door... (1947)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery  |  1 January 1948 (USA)
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When a lovely wife and her new husband, settle in an ancient mansion on the East coast, she discovers he may want to kill her.



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In this Freudian version of the Bluebeard tale, a young, trust-funded New Yorker goes to Mexico on vacation before marrying an old friend whom she considers a safe choice for a husband. However, there she finds her dream man -- a handsome, mysterious stranger who spots her in a crowd. In a matter of days they marry, honeymoon and move to his mansion, to which he has added a wing full of rooms where famous murders took place. She discovers many secrets about the house and her husband, but what she really wants to know is what is in the room her husband always keeps locked. Written by Julie van Arcken <>

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Some Men Destroy What They Love Most!


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Release Date:

1 January 1948 (USA)  »

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Secret Beyond the Door  »

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$615,065 (estimated)

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Michael Redgrave's first American film. See more »


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Tepid thriller, fantastic cinematography
21 September 2013 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

Rather tepid 1940s thriller. Joan Bennett is beautiful, however, as is the cinematography. Really strikingly shot, which makes it well worth watching; it is reminiscent of Spellbound in parts, with a surreal edge to some of the backdrops.

The story, very loosely based on the old Bluebeard fairy tale, is interesting, but the pacing of the film is off, and you never really feel much tension. There are some interesting characters in the house, especially the secretary, but they aren't very developed. So much more could have been done in this area, to make it a truly great film.

Without giving anything away, I doubt many of us would have made the same decision that the main characters did in the end. But don't let that distract you from the truly beautiful fashion of this film.

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