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Secret Beyond the Door... (1947)

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 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:

12 April 1948 (Sweden) 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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Trivia

Fritz Lang's attempt to do his version of Rebecca (1940) was a project fraught with disaster. It ran over budget and over schedule, while Lang was at constant loggerheads with his leading lady, Joan Bennett. The first preview of the film attracted comments like "beyond human endurance" and "it stinks". Bennett herself referred to the film as "an unqualified disaster". See more »

Quotes

Celia Lamphere: Long ago I read a book that told the meaning of dreams. It said that if a girl dreams of a boat or a ship she will reach a safe harbor, but if she dreams of daffodils she is in great danger. But this is no time for me to think of danger. This is my wedding day.
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Version of Bluebeard (1951) See more »

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Tepid thriller, fantastic cinematography
21 September 2013 | by vintageartist57See all my reviews

Rather tepid 1940s thriller. Joan Bennett is beautiful, however, as is the cinematography. Really strikingly shot, which makes it well worth watching; it is reminiscent of Spellbound in parts, with a surreal edge to some of the backdrops.

The story, very loosely based on the old Bluebeard fairy tale, is interesting, but the pacing of the film is off, and you never really feel much tension. There are some interesting characters in the house, especially the secretary, but they aren't very developed. So much more could have been done in this area, to make it a truly great film.

Without giving anything away, I doubt many of us would have made the same decision that the main characters did in the end. But don't let that distract you from the truly beautiful fashion of this film.


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