Saturday, February 27, 2016

Secret Beyond the Door... 1947

     Celia goes on vacation to Mexico to get away from New York for a while.  She meets Mark Lamphere while she is there and he seems to be her dream man.  He is handsome, mysterious and he publishes his own magazine.  In a short time they marry and after their honeymoon they move to his mansion.  He has added rooms as a hobby and they depict places where famous murders took place?  There is one room that is always kept locked and Celia is very interested is seeing what is in this room?
     The music is scary but nothing about the film is scary?  Both Bennett and Lang agreed that this film was their weakest effort in their collaborations.  There were a lot of times I wanted to yell at the screen!!  “Don’t marry Mark!!  Don’t’ live in that house!!  Don’t go into that room!! ”  But, how would there be a story without Celia doing everything wrong?  2 ½*
99 min, Drama directed by Fritz Lang with Joan Bennett, Michael Redgrave, Anne Revere, Barbara O’Neil, Natalie Schafer, Paul Cavanagh, Anabel Shaw, Rosa Rey, James Seay, Mark Dennis.

Note:  Imdb 6.9 out of 10, 54% critic 56% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 3.5* out of 5* with 23 reviews.

Special Note:  This film was a version of Rebecca from 1940 but it was over budget and over schedule.  Bennett and Lang didn’t agree many times during filming.  Some of the comments about the film at the preview were "beyond human endurance and it stinks!!"

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