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The Red House Reviews

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bbcfloridabound
bbcfloridabound

Super Reviewer

February 17, 2014
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
Chris B

Super Reviewer

December 28, 2011
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.
June 15, 2007
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.
March 15, 2013
An old man and his sister conceal a terrible mystery from their adopted daughter, concerning a red house deep in the woods. The Red House is a thriller that closely boarders with the horror genre. Its intensity and unravelling mystery is quite absorbing, and Edward G. Robinson's performance adds great power to the mix.
Dave J
September 24, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012

(1947) The Red House
MYSTERY/ THRILLER

Effective low budget mystery thriller based on the novel by George Agnew Chamberlain starring Edward G. Robinson as Pete Morgan who upon hiring a teenage boy Nath played by Lon McCallister to do some chores around the house accidently stumbles upon a red house nearby somehwere along the forest, and Pete making several attempts to keep it off limits to any passersbys which also includes his own daughter Meg(Allene Roberts). As the film progresses it slowly reveals itself to the audience about it's secrets.

3 out of 4
July 19, 2012
Wonderfully odd, atmospheric, one-of-a-kind film. Robinson is mesmerizing and the forest scenes are very effectively dream-like. Is it a noir? Well, it seems like one to me, but certainly not a typical one.
Chris B

Super Reviewer

December 28, 2011
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.
jazza923
June 6, 2006
Excellent mystery thriller, with a superb performance by Edward G. Robinson. The film has a great atmosphere. Good cinematography and score as well. First rate classic.
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