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The Red House (1947)

Unrated | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | 1947 (UK)
An old man and his sister are concealing a terrible secret from their adopted teen daughter, concerning a hidden abandoned farmhouse, located deep in the woods.

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Delmer Daves

Writers:

George Agnew Chamberlain (novel), Delmer Daves (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Pete Morgan
Lon McCallister ... Nath Storm
Judith Anderson ... Ellen Morgan
Rory Calhoun ... Teller
Allene Roberts ... Meg Morgan
Julie London ... Tibby Rinton
Ona Munson ... Mrs. Storm
Harry Shannon ... Dr. Byrne
Arthur Space ... The Sheriff
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Storyline

Pete and Ellen have reared Meg as their own, ever since she was a baby and her parents took off. Now a teen, Meg convinces her friend Nath to come help with chores on the farm: Pete isn't getting around on his wooden leg like he used to. When Nath insists on using a short cut home through the woods, Pete gets quite agitated and warns him of screams in the night, of terrors associated with the red house. Curious, Meg and Nath ignore his warnings and begin exploring. Meg begins falling in love with Nath, but his girlfriend Tibby has other plans for him. Meanwhile they all get closer to real danger and the dark secret of the red house. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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You Dare Not Even Guess The Strange Love Story of 'The Red House' See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1947 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

No Trespassing See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sol Lesser Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

Nat arrives home in a yellow school bus clearly marked as UNION HIGH SCHOOL. Yet, he wears a varsity sweater with an 'S' on it rather than a 'U.' See more »

Quotes

Nath Storm: Look, mom, why don't you close the store and marry Don Brent?
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60 Years Later It Still Stands Tall.
21 November 2007 | by vitaleralphlouisSee all my reviews

Until last night I hadn't seen this movie since being 9 years old in 1947. At that time it scared the hell out of me --- particular the ice house scene, etched forever in memory -- although THE RED HOUSE is not a horror movie. Looking at it again after 60 years it's still a winner.

However scary there's almost no violence, but instead it relies on the natural fright of living near a forbidden woods and the haunted RED HOUSE. The evil lies entirely in the mind of the old man (Edward G. Robinson) and the guilt from some long-ago crime. Lon McAlister plays the young man who enters the scene and other youngsters are played by Rory Calhoun and Julie London who later became stars.

It's easy to understand how the dark, forbidden woods affected me as a young child; but I doubt it would be so well received by today's kids. For one thing, they don't play outside much, let alone exploring in a dark woods or haunted house. Secondly, the woods was most likely torn down. My own woods --- circa 1947 -- had a stream, a swamp, a genuine haunted house, a pig's skeleton, and a road leading to nowhere. Today it's all gone; replaced by Holy Cross Hospital, part of the Washington Beltway, 40 new houses --- paradise swallowed up by progress. Nothing remains for today's kids.

The Red House is now in DVD. It's good; see it!


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