Secret Beyond the Door is a 1948 psychological thriller and modern updating of the Bluebeard fairytale, directed by Fritz Lang, produced by Lang's Diana Productions, and released by Universal Pictures. The film starred Joan Bennett and was produced by her husband Walter Wanger. The black-and-white film noir drama is about a woman who suspects her new husband, an architect, plans to kill her.[2] Classic film-noir starring Joan Bennett and Michael Redgrave. Celia (Bennett) meets millionaire Mark (Redgrave) whilst on holiday, falls in love and they marry; but Celia is apprehensive that she knows so little about her new husband. On their honeymoon Mark suddenly becomes cold towards her - he is called away on business, and when he returns his emotions veer from warmth to hostility. Celia begins to fear that Mark intends to murder her. Plot The behavior of Mark Lamphere, an architect, turns strange shortly after his honeymoon with bride Celia, who begins finding out that Mark has many secrets. It turns out he was married before, his wife died suspiciously and they have a son. He also has a fiercely loyal secretary, Miss Robey, whose face is disfigured. Mark appears to be somewhat delusional and could be intending to murder Celia inside a room he keeps locked. The disturbed Miss Robey ends up setting fire to the house, whereupon Mark redeems himself by saving Celia's life. Reception Box-office The film recorded a loss of $1,145,000.[1] Critical response When the film was first released, film critic Bosley Crowther, gave the film a mixed review, writing, "If you want to be tough about it—okay, it's a pretty silly yarn and it is played in a manner no less fatuous by the sundry members of the cast. But Mr. Lang is still a director who knows how to turn the obvious, such as locked doors and silent chambers and roving spotlights, into strangely tingling stuff. And that's why, for all its psycho-nonsense, this film has some mildly creepy spots and some occasional faint resemblance to Rebecca which it was obviously aimed to imitate."[3] More recently, film critic Dennis Schwartz gave the film a poor review, writing, "The premise of this thriller might be good, but even a great director like Fritz Lang and a superb cast consisting of Joan Bennett and Michael Redgrave can't save this film from its sophomoric use of Freud. The pop psychology tried was never convincing ... If Lang was not the director, this film could have been a real stinker. But he evokes as much suspense as you can out of such nonsense, and the visual images by the great cinematographer Stanley Cortez are truly remarkable. The film is worth seeing for those reasons. Even Lang himself thought this was a poor film, and he'll get no argument from me."[4] DVD release Long unavailable on DVD in the United States or Britain, Secret Beyond the Door is scheduled for release in the UK in November 2011 by Exposure Cinema. The All Region disc will apparently feature a booklet containing essays and a remastered version of the film. The film was released in the United States on DVD and Blu-ray by Olive Films on September 4, 2012.

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Secret Beyond the Door... (1948)

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Mystery/Drama/Film-Noir · 1h 39m · 5/7/2024

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Secret Beyond the Door is a 1948 psychological thriller and modern updating of the Bluebeard fairytale, directed by Fritz Lang, produced by Lang's Diana Productions, and released by Universal Pictures. The film starred Joan Bennett and was produced by her husband Walter Wanger. The black-and-white film noir drama is about a woman who suspects her new husband, an architect, plans to kill her.[2] Classic film-noir starring Joan Bennett and Michael Redgrave. Celia (Bennett) meets millionaire Mark (Redgrave) whilst on holiday, falls in love and they marry; but Celia is apprehensive that she knows so little about her new husband. On their honeymoon Mark suddenly becomes cold towards her - he is called away on business, and when he returns his emotions veer from warmth to hostility. Celia begins to fear that Mark intends to murder her. Plot The behavior of Mark Lamphere, an architect, turns strange shortly after his honeymoon with bride Celia, who begins finding out that Mark has many secrets. It turns out he was married before, his wife died suspiciously and they have a son. He also has a fiercely loyal secretary, Miss Robey, whose face is disfigured. Mark appears to be somewhat delusional and could be intending to murder Celia inside a room he keeps locked. The disturbed Miss Robey ends up setting fire to the house, whereupon Mark redeems himself by saving Celia's life. Reception Box-office The film recorded a loss of $1,145,000.[1] Critical response When the film was first released, film critic Bosley Crowther, gave the film a mixed review, writing, "If you want to be tough about it—okay, it's a pretty silly yarn and it is played in a manner no less fatuous by the sundry members of the cast. But Mr. Lang is still a director who knows how to turn the obvious, such as locked doors and silent chambers and roving spotlights, into strangely tingling stuff. And that's why, for all its psycho-nonsense, this film has some mildly creepy spots and some occasional faint resemblance to Rebecca which it was obviously aimed to imitate."[3] More recently, film critic Dennis Schwartz gave the film a poor review, writing, "The premise of this thriller might be good, but even a great director like Fritz Lang and a superb cast consisting of Joan Bennett and Michael Redgrave can't save this film from its sophomoric use of Freud. The pop psychology tried was never convincing ... If Lang was not the director, this film could have been a real stinker. But he evokes as much suspense as you can out of such nonsense, and the visual images by the great cinematographer Stanley Cortez are truly remarkable. The film is worth seeing for those reasons. Even Lang himself thought this was a poor film, and he'll get no argument from me."[4] DVD release Long unavailable on DVD in the United States or Britain, Secret Beyond the Door is scheduled for release in the UK in November 2011 by Exposure Cinema. The All Region disc will apparently feature a booklet containing essays and a remastered version of the film. The film was released in the United States on DVD and Blu-ray by Olive Films on September 4, 2012.

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Cast
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Joan Bennett

Celia Lamphere
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Michael Redgrave

Mark Lamphere
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Anne Revere

Caroline Lamphere
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Barbara O'Neil

Miss Robey
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Natalie Schafer

Edith Potter
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Paul Cavanagh

Rick Barrett
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Anabel Shaw

Intellectual Sub-Deb
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Rosa Rey

Paquita
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James Seay

Bob Dwight
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Mark Dennis

David Lamphere
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Robert Barber

Altar Boy (uncredited)
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Virginia Brissac

Sarah (uncredited)
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Ralph Brooks

Guest in Home Tour (uncredited)
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Tom Chatterton

Judge (uncredited)
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David Cota

Small Mexican Knife Fighter (uncredited)
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Frank Dae

Country Squire (uncredited)
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Harry Denny

College President (uncredited)
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Watson Downs

Conductor (uncredited)
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Danny Duncan

Ferret-Faced Man (uncredited)
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Robert Espinoza

Altar Boy (uncredited)
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Virginia Farmer

Levender Falls Wife (uncredited)
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Paul Fierro

Fighter (uncredited)
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Jesse Graves

Train Porter (uncredited)
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Marie Harmon

Sub-Deb (uncredited)
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Donald Kerr

Ticket Man (uncredited)
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Nolan Leary

Station Agent (uncredited)
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Ralph Littlefield

Gothic Man (uncredited)
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Donna Martell

Young Mexican Girl (uncredited)
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Kay Morley

Sub-Deb (uncredited)
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Frank O'Connor

Train Conductor (uncredited)
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Bob Reeves

Guest in Home Tour (uncredited)
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Pedro Regas

Waiter (uncredited)
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Peggy Remington

Dean of Women (uncredited)
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Julian Rivero

Proprietor (uncredited)
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Tony Rodriquez

Altar Boy (uncredited)
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Paul Scardon

Owl Eyes (uncredited)
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Houseley Stevenson

Andy (uncredited)
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Wayne C. Treadway

Beefy Man (uncredited)
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Lucio Villegas

Priest (uncredited)
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Eddy Waller

Lem (uncredited)
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Crane Whitley

Levender Falls Husband (uncredited)
Crew
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Fritz Lang

Director
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Silvia Richards

Writer
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Rufus King

Writer
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Fritz Lang

Producer
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Walter Wanger

Producer
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Stanley Cortez

Cinematograpy
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Arthur Hilton

Editor
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Miklós Rózsa

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Secret Beyond the Door

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Secret Beyond The Door

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9/4/2012

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Secret Beyond the Door

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9/4/2012

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Secret Beyond The Door

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