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Secret Beyond the Door... (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | 12 April 1948 (Sweden)
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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Complete credited cast:
Celia Lamphere
Mark Lamphere
Caroline Lamphere
Miss Robey
Edith Potter
Rick Barrett
Intellectual Sub-Deb
Rosa Rey ...
Bob Dwight
Mark Dennis ...
David Lamphere


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 <antigone@teleport.com>

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Some Men Destroy What They Love Most!


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12 April 1948 (Sweden)  »

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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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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »


Mark Lamphere: That night, you killed the root of the evil in me, but I still have a long way to go.
Celia Lamphere: We have a long way to go!
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References Rebecca (1940) See more »

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Lovely Hollywood mystery fluff for rainy days!
19 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

I enjoyed it much more the second time around. At first it was far too unbelievable. It hardly made any sense then and I never felt I cared what happened. I bought the video because of Joan Bennett and Fritz Lang making another film noir. Now when i saw it, I loved it and just sat back enjoyed all the hokus-pokus fluff that is delivered quite seriously. It´s supposed to be like "Rebecca" and that´s why I didn´t like it the first time. Too many plot holes! There´s even an exotic ms. Danvers type around with a veil...Too much!

Why would Joan marry and stay with someone so utterly stiff and charmless as Michael Redgrave?? The male lead should have been given to someone more mysterious and attractive. They were hoping for a new Laurence Olivier...

Joan is a treat as always. I love how she comes across as a spoiled debutante who can hardly care to utter her lines with any conviction. She´s a good actress -just a bit too laid back at times. I love her, she is so stunningly beautiful and cool in her Hollywood wardrobes.

I love the whole atmosphere of the movie. It´s slow at first and then from the honeymoon in Mexico and forward so mysterious! I love her bedroom with the tapestry! The thing with the room-collecting was quite farfetched but fun. Who would REALLY aquire complete scenes of murders at home???? I´m going to see it again soon and learn some lines. They don´t make them like they used to!

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