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Secret Beyond the Door... (1947)

Not Rated | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | 12 April 1948 (Sweden)
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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Runtime:

| (cut TV)

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 »

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Mark Lamphere: Twentieth-century sleeping beauty. Wealthy, American girl who's lived her life wrapped in cotton wool, but she wants to wake up. Maybe she can.
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Version of Grimm Masterpiece Theatre: Ao hi ge (1988) See more »

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Lovely Hollywood mystery fluff for rainy days!
19 August 2002 | by Xanadu-2See all my reviews

I enjoyed it much more the second time around. At first it was far too unbelievable. It hardly made any sense then and I never felt I cared what happened. I bought the video because of Joan Bennett and Fritz Lang making another film noir. Now when i saw it, I loved it and just sat back enjoyed all the hokus-pokus fluff that is delivered quite seriously. It´s supposed to be like "Rebecca" and that´s why I didn´t like it the first time. Too many plot holes! There´s even an exotic ms. Danvers type around with a veil...Too much!

Why would Joan marry and stay with someone so utterly stiff and charmless as Michael Redgrave?? The male lead should have been given to someone more mysterious and attractive. They were hoping for a new Laurence Olivier...

Joan is a treat as always. I love how she comes across as a spoiled debutante who can hardly care to utter her lines with any conviction. She´s a good actress -just a bit too laid back at times. I love her, she is so stunningly beautiful and cool in her Hollywood wardrobes.

I love the whole atmosphere of the movie. It´s slow at first and then from the honeymoon in Mexico and forward so mysterious! I love her bedroom with the tapestry! The thing with the room-collecting was quite farfetched but fun. Who would REALLY aquire complete scenes of murders at home???? I´m going to see it again soon and learn some lines. They don´t make them like they used to!


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