Secret Beyond the Door (1948)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

Master filmmaker Fritz Lang directed this dark, haunting melodrama that centers on a lonely heiress who goes on vacation to Mexico and returns married to the publisher of a magazine on architecture. The honeymoon goes well, but as time passes, her husband's darker side begins to appear and the woman begins to fear that her beloved is a cold-blooded killer.
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Universal Pictures


Joan Bennett
as Celia Lamphere
Michael Redgrave
as Mark Lamphere
Anne Revere
as Caroline Lamphere
Barbara O'Neil
as Miss Robey
Natalie Schafer
as Edith Potter
Paul Cavanagh
as Rick Barrett
Anabel Shaw
as Intellectual Sub-Deb
Rosa Rey
as Paquita
James Seay
as Bob Dwight
Mark Dennis
as David
Marie Harmon
as SubDeb
Kay Morley
as SubDeb
Crane Whitley
as Lavender Falls Couple
Virginia Farmer
as Lavender Falls Couple
Paul Fierro
as Fighter
Julian Rivero
as Proprietor
Paul Scardon
as Owl Eyes
Danny Duncan
as Ferret-Faced Man
Frank Dae
as Country Squire
Pedro Regas
as Waiter
Donna Martell
as Young Mexican Girl
David Cota
as Knife Fighter
Ralph Littlefield
as Gothic Man
Nolan Leary
as Station Agent
Wayne Treadway
as Beefy Man
Watson Downs
as Conductor
Jesse Graves
as Porter
Donald Kerr
as Ticket Man
Robert Espinosa
as Altar Boy
Robert Barber
as Altar Boy
Tony Rodriguez
as Altar Boy
Peggy Remington
as Dean of Women
Harry Denny
as College President
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Critic Reviews for Secret Beyond the Door

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

Probably the most psychoanalytically oriented of his features, and because it's Lang, the murkiness is mainly a strength.

Full Review… | February 25, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Mr. Lang is still a director who knows how to turn the obvious, such as locked doors and silent chambers and roving spotlights, into strangely tingling stuff.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

[Lang's] direction is masterly, imposing meanings and tensions through images that are spare, resonant and astonishingly beautiful. A remarkable film.

April 4, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Mental complexities of the principals makes it sometimes hard to sort out the various motivations used to spin the tale.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Top Critic

The result is heavy going and pretentious.

Full Review… | February 25, 2013
Radio Times

The most successful aspect of the production is the cinematography, which creates a shadowy world of false appearances, hidden meanings, and elusive truths.

Full Review… | February 25, 2013
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Secret Beyond the Door


Obviously, Lang did not suck at directing. But this. . .this just falls apart. There is some very good tension, but it's all wasted on a nonsensical climax, followed by a brief epilogue that feels horribly tacked on.

Andy Cramer
Andy Cramer

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 Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


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
Robert C

Super Reviewer

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