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Secret beyond the Door

  • 1948
  • Fritz Lang
  • 94 mins
  • A

Summary

Thriller starring Joan Bennett and Michael Redgrave. Celia marries Mark Lamphere after a whirlwind romance in Mexico, but when they return to his ancestral home she gradually makes a chilling discovery about her new husband.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

In this thriller, a woman marries an architect whose house contains his painstaking re-creations of rooms in which brutal murders were committed. Furthermore, there's a first wife which she never knew about and a jealous secretary. The echoes of Hitchcock's Rebecca attracted director Fritz Lang to the project, his third co-producing venture with actress Joan Bennett after The Woman in the Window and Scarlet Street. It is visually accomplished but, with Michael Redgrave lacking romantic appeal as the architect, a complicated flashback structure and a climax that combines lurid melodrama with Freudian explanations, the result is heavy going and pretentious.

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Credits

Cast

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Celia LamphereJoan Bennett
Mark LamphereMichael Redgrave
Caroline LamphereAnne Revere
Miss RobeyBarbara O'Neil
Edith PotterNatalie Schafer
Rick BarrettPaul Cavanagh

Crew

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DirectorFritz Lang

Details

Theatrical distributor
General Film Dist Ltd
Languages
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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