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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.

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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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Of this man ... and the girl who lived in The Red House ... people spoke only in whispers! (poster) See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Allene Roberts. 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

Tibby Renton: You're on my time now, or had you forgotten we had a date to go swimming this afternoon.
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Referenced in On the Road (2012) See more »

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Perfect for a stormy night!
7 March 2004 | by marxsarxSee all my reviews

This is my second time around commenting on this movie.

All I can say is wow! Whatever parts of this movie that seemed bizarre the first time I saw the move all came together the second time around and made sense.

The psychological drama works and the characters do give nuanced performances which I appreciated more the second time around. I adore the rural setting. The Red House is nothing short of an engrossing film with strong performances. Edward G. Robinson, Lon McAllister, Allene Roberts, Julie London, Rory Calhoun, Judith Anderson and Ona Munson are perfectly cast. Edward G. Robinson's and especially Judith Anderson's performances which seemed bizarre to me the first time came alive with depth and subtlety on a second viewing.

I agree with the folks who are saying this is a must see film. Watch it twice if your are like me and you need to in order to understand just how good it is! And I cannot stress enough how fine the Miklos Rosa score for The Red House is. This one is a keeper. If they make a restored DVD of this movie, I'll buy it (hint).


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