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Behind Locked Doors (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | October 1948 (USA)
A well-known judge has become a fugitive from the police, with a large reward on his head. A reporter believes that the judge is hiding in a private sanitarium, so she seeks out a private ... See full summary »

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Budd Boetticher (as Oscar Boetticher)

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Eugene Ling (screenplay), Malvin Wald (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lucille Bremer ... Kathy Lawrence
Richard Carlson ... Ross Stewart
Douglas Fowley ... Larson
Ralf Harolde ... Fred Hopps
Thomas Browne Henry Thomas Browne Henry ... Dr. Clifford Porter (as Tom Brown Henry)
Herbert Heyes ... Judge Finlay Drake
Gwen Donovan Gwen Donovan ... Madge Bennett
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A well-known judge has become a fugitive from the police, with a large reward on his head. A reporter believes that the judge is hiding in a private sanitarium, so she seeks out a private investigator and asks him to pretend to be insane, so that he can get inside the sanitarium and look for the judge. The investigator is admitted to the asylum, and encounters many dangers while trying to prove that the judge is there. Written by Snow Leopard

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MURDER was the ONLY way out!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Human Gorilla See more »

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Aro Productions Inc. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Dr. Clifford Porter: Larson! How many times have I told you not to abuse the patients?
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Referenced in Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) See more »

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Pretty good B movie
18 August 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Richard Carlson goes "Behind Locked Doors" in this 1948 film also starring Lucille Bremer. Carlson plays detective Ross Stewart who enters an insane asylum as a patient at the behest of a reporter Kathy Lawrence (Bremer) to find a judge who is on the lam from the police. For his trouble, there is a $10,000 reward, which he and Lawrence will split, but she has to make sure the Judge is in the asylum first. They play man and wife, and she has him committed. Once inside, Stewart discovers that the place is run somewhat inhumanely, and that the judge may be in a ward of the asylum that is locked and inaccessible to other patients.

This is a B movie all the way with decent performances by Carlson and Bremer, Douglas Fowley and Tor Johnson and good direction by Budd Boetticher. I sort of hoped that, although the Bremer character was on the trail of the judge, that she might have been interested in some of the bad conditions at the asylum and wanted to expose them. Though things don't stay as they are there, it would have been nice if earlier, she had mentioned having any interest in it. Guess she just wanted the big story.

Good but not exceptional.


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