The Red House (1947)




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In this late-'40s nail-biter, Edward G. Robinson plays Pete Morgan, a crippled farmer who won't let anyone near a mysterious red farmhouse which is on his property. When the young leading lady's (Allene Roberts) curiosity gets the best of her, she enters and begins to unravel the house's tightly guarded secrets of lost love, murder, and the identity of her real parents.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: George Agnew Chamberlain, Albert Maltz, Delmer Daves
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On DVD: Dec 22, 1998
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as Pete Morgan

as Meg Morgan

as Nath Storm

as Ellen Morgan

as Teller

as Mrs. Storm

as Dr. Byrne

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as Don Brent
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Critic Reviews for The Red House

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | July 7, 2008
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Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This isn't a noir in the traditional sense, but it boasts enough ingredients to pass as one.

Full Review… | May 8, 2012
Creative Loafing

A peculiar thriller with some horror overtones. It conjures up a wholesome small town feel, complete with nosy neighbors and gossip, and an undercurrent that grows increasingly darker.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
Combustible Celluloid

Another classic Robinson performance in a moody thriller.

September 29, 2006
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Audience Reviews for The Red House


From The Mill Creek 50 Movie Dark Crimes Collection. This film-noir may look like a B-film, but it contains two powerful pieces of work, that of actor Edward G. Robinson and composer Miklos Rozsa.
A strange tale, "The Red House" benefits from one of Robinson's most flavorful performances, as a man harboring a dark secret past which returns to haunt him. Ably supporting Robinson is the strong Judith Anderson as the sister, the fine Lon McCallister as a callow but earnest youth, and the striking Rory Calhoun in one of his most impressive roles.
Directed in a somewhat standard fashion by Delmer Davis, interest is maintained by uniformly strong performances, and an extensive, full orchestral score by Miklos Rozsa. As in countless other films, Rozsa, inspired by Ravel (and the generic Debussy) weaves a wall-to-wall tapestry of psychological tension, further raising this enactment above its ordinary production design.
Devotees of Robinson can enjoy their favorite actor in his 53rd film, made at the peak of his powers. His unique film presence boasted a career of 99 films in 57 years, which was preceded by a 15-year stint on the New York stage. Robinson proved that one doesn't have to be unusually handsome to be a star, nor be relegated to minor character parts. Indeed, Robinson played leads in countless classics, with nary a weak performance. Few actors can make that claim.
The DVD transfer is not a restored print, and contains several stretches of poor audio and scratchy images. On a series called, "Hollywood Tough Guys," put out by Madacy Entertainment, one can still be grateful that "The Red House" is available, as respresentative of both Robinson's and Rozsa's unique contribution to film. 3 1/2 Stars 11-10-13

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

A more noirish thriller than most, "The Red House" begins as a supernatural thriller before it's revealed as a psychological one in the culmination of events leading to the nightmarish finale. Edward G. Robinson and the rest of the cast give good performances and while the script may falter in places, the performances and mood help it stay on it's feet. The film is a rather obscure and little known feature, especially one with so many stars, and that element works here. Overall I think this is a film anyone can enjoy and get into, as both my uncle and grandma both were uneasy at first but really enjoyed the film.

Chris Browning
Chris Browning

Super Reviewer

Psychological thriller about a father (Robinson) who forbids his daughter from going near a desolate red house lying hidden within the woods... why? That question drives both the daughter and the plot as her curiosity drives to investigate the dark secrets of the building. A strong sense of mystery keeps the viewer watching, along with a brooding atmosphere that draws you in, but the actual revelation to the mystery isn't as unexpected as one would desire.

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