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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!


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Included amongst the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Quotes

Mark Lamphere: That night, you killed the root of the evil in me, but I still have a long way to go.
Celia Lamphere: We have a long way to go!
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Psychologically yours
3 April 2007 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

Fritz Lang's Secret Beyond the Door... (1948) is a movie with a Freudian plot.Celia (Joan Bennett), a pretty New Yorker is about to marry a man she doesn't love.In a trip to Mexico she meets an interesting man named Mark Lamphere (Michael Redgrave).She marries him instead and soon discovers some alarming details about the man.His mansion is filled with rooms where famous murders took place.One of those rooms is always locked, and Celia must find out what is behind that door.This is a fascinating movie that has been done in a Film-Noir style.Joan Bennett is a perfect lady in the lead.Redgrave's performance as the troubled man is excellent.There are also talents such as Anne Revere, Barbara O'Neil, Natalie Schafer and Anabel Shaw.This is a fine movie for the old movie lovers, whether or not you're into psychology.It's a thrilling tale that will keep you nailed to your seats.And the plot thickens in the end.


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