Secret Beyond The Door

Secret Beyond The Door

Downloadable Video - 1948
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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.
Publisher: [USA] : , Films sans frontières (Firm) [distridutor], , [1948]
Copyright Date: ©1948
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (1 hr. 38 min. 39 sec.)) : sound, color

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akirakato
Jan 28, 2015

This is a 1948 psychological thriller and modern updating of the Bluebeard fairytale directed by Fritz Lang.
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 in Celia's eyes by saving her life.
This fire will certainly remind you of "Rebecca."
If Lang was not the director, this film could have been a real flop.
In any case, he evokes as much suspense as you can out of such nonsense.

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Monolith
Mar 30, 2014

Too absurd, with hubby's collection of 'murder rooms', and Joan Bennett's narration was too melodramatic. Not one of Fritz's better accomplishments, i.m.a.o.

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