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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 abandon farmhouse, located deep in the woods.

Director:

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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What I cannot have... I'll destroy See more »


Certificate:

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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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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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: I like the ground around here and I'd just as soon keep my feet on it.
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A sadly unknown film....
15 September 2000 | by L_CELINESee all my reviews

I first heard of this film when Scorcesse mentioned it on his documentary, "A Journey Through American Cinema"...always wanting to see something new, I found a copy of it at work and took it home....WOW!!! This is one of the greatest low budget thriller/melodramas I have ever seen...definately up there with Jacque Tourner's "Cat People" and Edgar Ulmer's "Detour"...Daves conjures up a moltov cocktail of sexual frustration, psychological S&M, and pubescent curiosity that seems primed to explode at any minute, and the volatility of it all is what keeps you in suspense. Even if you do figure out the secret of the red house half way through (I did), the performances of everybody involved (especially Edward G Robinson) keeps your eyes glued to the screen from beginning all the way to the bitter and somewhat ironic end....if you ever run across it, please check it out....sadly, the prints that are available are a bit scratchy at best (which is what happens when a film is forgotten), but the film is an experience everybody should see for themselves.....


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