Secret Beyond the Door

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Movie Info

A playgirl (Joan Bennett) marries a stranger (Michael Redgrave) whose quirks include a hang-up about murder.

Cast & Crew

Joan Bennett
Celia Lamphere
Michael Redgrave
Mark Lamphere
Anne Revere
Caroline Lamphere

Critic Reviews for Secret Beyond the Door

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Audience Reviews for Secret Beyond the Door

  • Oct 11, 2010
    Considering the year it was made, it is quite a perverse film. Some great visuals and a very interesting (if not overly complex) premise. Part of both it's charm and short coming is the horribly dated dialog, but the potential is there for a great film.
    Robert C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 22, 2010
    From a story standpoint, Secret Beyond the Door is nothing special. Actually, its pretty damn dull. It's the story of an impetuous marriage where the woman (the beautiful Joan Bennett in this case) gets more than she bargained for. By today's standards it comes off as silly and even predictable. And on top of it all, there are so many elements that could've added to the story so well but instead leaving you needing more. But since Fritz Lang directed Secret Beyond the Door and his visual style makes up for the story's numerous shortcomings, I forgave a lot. So much in the last act was a work of art that by the time you get to the end of this movie with its convenient ending you're just left with torn feelings because you saw something magnificent but had to endure this mundane story to see it. I don't know. See it yourself, make your own call...
    Michael G Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2009
    definitely the weakest of the lang/bennett films but the very weird plot makes it worth watching. however the ending is a total copout
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2009
    <I>The Secret Beyond the Door </I> (1948). Directed by Fritz Lang. Written by Rufus King (story) and Silvia Richards (screenplay). With Joan Bennett, Michael Redgrave, and Paul Cavanagh. In this unusual twist on the Bluebeard theme, a charming and enigmatic widower marries an attractive widow (Bennett) and moves her from New York to his mansion in Mexico. There's just one little problem. Unbeknown his new wife, he suffers from an uncontrollable compulsion to squeeze the life out her with his bare hands. A peculiar fellow, he has made it a hobby to have entire crime scenes transported intact to his estate. The manor has a special wing in which actual interior locales where notorious murders were committed have been imported and installed to comprise a macabre museum. All is well until his new wife finds one door in the wing which is always locked. Of course she cannot leave well enough alone. What is behind this door? Why are the circumstances surrounding the death of her husband's first wife obfuscated? What about his precocious, emotionally detached son, and why does the son seem to know more than he reveals? When Bennett makes a wax impression of the key and sneaks into the room, she makes a macabre discovery that is nothing she, or the viewer would have expected. What ensues is a convoluted series of surprises as she engages in a contest of wits to survive. <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-secret-beyond-the-door-12111485"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/12/11/14/12111485_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"> </a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-secret-beyond-the-door-12111510"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/12/11/15/12111510_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"> </a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-secret-beyond-the-door-12111497"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/12/11/14/12111497_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"> </a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-secret-beyond-the-door-12111519"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/12/11/15/12111519_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"> </a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-secret-beyond-the-door-12111529"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/12/11/15/12111529_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"> </a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-secret-beyond-the-door-12111474"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/12/11/14/12111474_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"><B><I>The Secret Beyond The Door</I></B></a> </div></div>
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