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The Red House

  • Mystery
  • Drama
  • 1947
  • Delmer Daves
  • 100 mins
  • PG

Summary

A brother and sister conceal a terrible secret from the teenager they have adopted, concerning a farmhouse deep in a forest. Mystery, starring Edward G Robinson and Lon McCallister

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

A splendid thriller with grand passions and Freudian undertones, which has grown in reputation. Now often described as noir, it is closer in style to the psychological horror of the 1960s. Edward G Robinson has a meaty role as the tormented, crippled farmer, who warns juveniles Allene Roberts and Lon McCallister (their careers went nowhere) to keep away from the Red House, and hires hunky Rory Calhoun (in one of his first major roles) to make sure they do. There are longueurs during the build-up to the awful truth, but compensation is provided by the beautiful Sierra Nevada locations and Miklos Rozsa's atmospheric score.

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Credits

Cast

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Pete MorganEdward G Robinson
Nath StormLon McCallister
Ellen MorganJudith Anderson
Meg MorganAllene Roberts
TibbyJulie London
TellerRory Calhoun
Mrs StormOna Munson
Dr ByrneHarry Shannon

Crew

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DirectorDelmer Daves

Details

Theatrical distributor
United Artists Corp. Ltd
Languages
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Black and white
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