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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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Celia Lamphere
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Caroline Lamphere
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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 <antigone@teleport.com>

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Some Men Destroy What They Love Most!


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

Quotes

Celia Lamphere: Suddenly I'm afraid. I'm marrying a stranger, a man I don't know at all.
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Lovely Bennett in a Memorable Thriller
7 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

"Secret Beyond the Door" is a memorable thriller from Hollywood's Golden Age. Joan Bennett is lovely and stylishly groomed in this shocker about a woman whose husband collects rooms where famous murders have occurred. One of the doors of those rooms always remains locked. Can you guess whose room it is? Bennett is enjoyable as the terrified wife and Michael Redgrave gives a good performance as the tormented husband. Anne Revere gives a realistic performance as his somewhat dominating sister. The eerie music is a big plus and the splendid cinematography adds just the right touch to the suspense. I would recommend this film for those who like a mystery with a forties flavor to it.


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