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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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Country:

USA

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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The soundtrack by Herschel Burke Gilbert was reworked in 1952 into a library of music cues for several TV shows including Adventures of Superman (1952), Captain Midnight (1954), Sky King (1951), Space Patrol (1950), Ramar of the Jungle (1952), and Racket Squad (1950). These appear on the Original Television Soundtrack CD for The Adventures of Superman, issued in 2000 by Varèse Sarabande. See more »

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Sort of like a low-budget and lower-class version of "Gentleman's Agreement"
6 November 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

1947 saw the debut of the film "Gentleman's Agreement" in which Gregory Peck pretended to be Jewish in order to feel what it's like to be a Jew in America. Naturally, he experiences some discrimination but it's mostly very proper ('nice' anti-Semitism) and the leading man quite handsome. It was NOT particularly gritty and I always thought the film was amazingly tame...and a bit overdone. Here, a year later, a low-budget studio had decided to do a film like "Gentleman's Agreement"--but with more normal looking folks (no handsome Peck or John Garfield here) and in a more working-class neighborhood. And, in addition, the level of hate was ratcheted up...a lot. In fact, in this sick little town, a local hidden hate group has gone so far as kill Jews! John Ireland infiltrates this group of sickies and the film lacks the pretty polish but also seems a bit more gutsy and violent. Oddly, despite the publicity for the earlier film and critical acclaim, I prefer "Open Secret" as it is much more exciting and more like a variation on film noir. A great film? No...but it certainly is interesting and the problems don't seem so mundane as those in the Gregory Peck film. As a result, it shows a seedier and uglier side to ethnic hatred.


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