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½ September 22, 2008
Pretty good noir. The copy I watched had terrible audio though. Edward G Robinson does a pretty good job.
½ June 21, 2008
SPOILER ALERT. DO NOT READ if you don't want to know how this movie ends.

This film noir is a sort of combination of Andy Hardy and Halloween. Four clean cut kids...or to be exact, three clean cut kids and one with, well, issues...can't figure out why Meg's adoptive dad Pete (Edward G. Robinson) is so secretive about the less tended area of his farm. They know he lost his leg there, and their Andy Hardy go-toit-iveness gives them the gumption to ignore Pete's warnings and explore till they find a red house covered with eighteen years or so of untended farm. When the kid with issues, who's agreed to keep the other kids out with the help of a shotgun shoots and kills someone, the jig is up, and we find that Edward G. Robinson has actually been cast to type and, you guessed it, there are several decaying bodies belonging to Meg's real family in the red house. Pete, in a jealous rage, intends to add Meg's to the pile, until the most Andy Hardy-esque of the kids comes to the rescue with the sheriff.

This missed four stars in my rating because of the unbelievability at the end. Pete, realizing he was going to spend his life behind bars or worse, drives into the swamp and sinks slowly into it, the kid and the sheriff staring him the whole time. In reality, the sheriff would have called backup and a tow truck with a crane, pulled the guy out, handcuffed him and immediately brought him to PES for a psychiatric evaluation.
½ March 18, 2008
I didn't like this film.
½ December 1, 2007
a sloppy and dull film noir from the 1940's. this was made in the edward robinson 'im still a bad guy, but try and feel bad for me' period that brought us the feel superior woman in the window and scarlet street
½ October 2, 2007
A little over-dramatized given the storyline and a couple of the shots are a little too long.
September 10, 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.
September 5, 2007
Unsettling and classical film noir, a movie that appeals to the stark fear of the unknown.
½ September 3, 2007
Public domain movie... must have inspired Twin Peaks... a farm film noir about a creepy bachelor who has a dark secret hidden in the woods behind his farm, and an unhealthy obsession with his adopted daughter. Robinson is terrific as a Norman Bates type psycho who makes your skin crawl. Way creepier than anything from that era.
July 31, 2007
excellent beginning, excellent ending, but the film slows down in the middle....still, a good thriller with noir elements....Edward G. Robinson is terrific as always.
July 19, 2007
July 14, 2007
Yeah, yeah, see, yeah
December 11, 2006
i would like to see this
½ 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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