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Secret Beyond the Door... (1947)

Not Rated | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | 4 March 1948 (Canada)
When a lovely woman and her new husband settle in an ancient mansion on the East coast, she discovers that he may want to kill her.

Director:

Fritz Lang

Writers:

Silvia Richards (screenplay), Rufus King (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Bennett ... Celia Lamphere
Michael Redgrave ... Mark Lamphere
Anne Revere ... Caroline Lamphere
Barbara O'Neil ... Miss Robey
Natalie Schafer ... Edith Potter
Paul Cavanagh ... Rick Barrett
Anabel Shaw ... Intellectual Sub-Deb
Rosa Rey Rosa Rey ... Paquita
James Seay ... Bob Dwight
Mark Dennis Mark Dennis ... David Lamphere
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Storyline

In this Freudian version of the Bluebeard tale, a young, trust-funded New Yorker goes to Mexico on vacation before marrying an old friend whom she considers a safe choice for a husband. However, there she finds her dream man, a handsome, mysterious stranger who spots her in a crowd. In a matter of a few days they marry, honeymoon, and move to his mansion, to which he has added a wing full of rooms where famous murders took place. She discovers many secrets about the house and her husband, but what she really wants to know is what is in the room her husband always keeps locked. Written by Julie van Arcken <antigone@teleport.com>

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Some Men Destroy What They Love Most!


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1948 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Secret Beyond the Door See more »

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Budget:

$615,065 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (cut TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The grove of trees through which Joan Bennett runs when she flees the house is the same grove through which the Wolf Man ran in The Wolf Man (1941), also made by Universal. In particular, the tree, against which she leans, is the same one under which the Wolf Man was beaten. See more »

Quotes

Mark Lamphere: Oh, by the way, I don't think that R.D. Will like that wallet if he's anything like me.
Celia Lamphere: He's not a bit like you.
Mark Lamphere: And you're not a bit like you. I mean you aren't what you seem to be.
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Referenced in Merci pour le Chocolat (2000) See more »

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The Cast are wonderful
19 March 2015 | by anthonymcdonald150See all my reviews

With Fritz Lang. Michael Redgrave, Joan Bennett and the supporting cast this movie starts off great. Miss Bennett is so gorgeous, the leading ladies of today must be so jealous while the casting directors must wonder where did all the beauty go, Redgrave is as good as ever I have seen. I know the script can get a bit long toothed but that's just because current films don't rely on story driven movies. Natalie Schafer is such a scene steal-er. I loved this movie. Could not recommend it enough if you have a cold March evening and there is nothing ON TV, just go and bring yourself back to the mid 40's, the fashions, the set dressing will do it and enjoy the masters at movie making doing what they do best.. LOVED IT...


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