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Open Secret (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 14 February 1948 (USA)
Newlyweds come to visit groom's friend, only to discover him missing; and their investigation uncovers evidence of a ring of anti-semites terrorizing the neighborhood.

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John Reinhardt

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Henry Blankfort (screenplay), Ted Murkland (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ireland ... Paul Lester
Jane Randolph ... Nancy Lester
Sheldon Leonard ... Detective Sgt. Mike Frontelli
Roman Bohnen ... Roy Locke
George Tyne ... Harry Strauss
Morgan Farley ... Larry Mitchell
Ellen Lowe Ellen Lowe ... Mae Locke
Arthur O'Connell ... Carter
Rory Mallinson ... Chuck Hill
Bert Conway Bert Conway ... Mace
John Alvin ... Ralph
Charles Waldron Jr. Charles Waldron Jr. ... Ed Stevens
Anne O'Neal Anne O'Neal ... Miss Tristram
King Donovan ... Fawnes, Bigot Gang Member
Leo Kaye Leo Kaye ... Fatso, the bartender
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Newlyweds come to visit groom's friend, only to discover him missing; and their investigation uncovers evidence of a ring of anti-semites terrorizing the neighborhood.

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Tough guys with guns in their hands - but squealing rats when trapped! See more »


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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1948 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Low Budget Noir Thriller plus Antisemitism
25 October 2007 | by catherine-71See all my reviews

"Open Secret" certainly owes a debt to "Crossfire," which came out a year earlier, but it stands on its own low-budget merits as not only a solid entry into the small field of 1940s films that dealt openly with racial and religious prejudice, but a very respectable noir thriller. The sets are simple, and there is no location footage at all -- but the director made up for that lack by using a great cast of character actors to portray some very hard-bitten men, women, and children, and, more unusually, he used sound in a dramatic way that continually moves the story forward while keeping the viewer in a state of jangled nervousness. Oh, yeah, its a very cool movie about antisemitism, of course; that goes without saying. But if you want to see it in purely filmic terms and don't care about the "message," it is equally cool. Watch for the fine low-key lighting and strange angle shots -- one of the best set-ups is Sheldon Leonard lounging akilter on a couch in his entry scene with a hugely close-up lamp and telephone in the foreground -- but also LISTEN for the doors opening and closing, telephones ringing, people screaming, sirens, noisy children, mumbling landlady, things dropping, drawers slamming; the sound effects are almost a Hitchcokian element in their own right. And pay attention to the continually changing status of the apartment door -- locked, unlocked, oops she forgot the key, locked, oops she left it open! -- there is a rhythmic and frightening quality to the door's continually shifting security status that is heightened by the always jarring sounds of intrusive door knockings and unexpected telephone rings. Considering what these folks had to work with, i think they succeeded admirably.


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