Behind Locked Doors

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Behind Locked Doors
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Budd Boetticher
Produced by Eugene Ling
Screenplay by Eugene Ling
Malvin Wald
Story by Malvin Wald
Starring Lucille Bremer
Richard Carlson
Douglas Fowley
Music by Irving Friedman
Cinematography Guy Roe
Edited by Norman Colbert
Distributed by Eagle-Lion Films Inc.
Release dates
  • September 8, 1948 (1948-09-08) (Hollywood)
Running time 63 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Behind Locked Doors is a 1948 black-and-white film noir directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Lucille Bremer, Richard Carlson and Tor Johnson.


A private detective goes undercover in an asylum in search of a judge who is hiding out from the police. The detective was hired by a pretty reporter who is sure the judge is hiding out in the private sanitarium. The reporter and P.I. begin to fall in love as well as falling more and more into danger from abusive attendants and other guests of the asylum. Other inmates include an arsonist patient and "The Champ", a lunatic who attacks anyone put into a room with him.



Reviews for the movie when released on DVD in 2002 were mixed. Keith Phipps, writing for the Onion AV Club, wrote of the film, "A probable inspiration for Sam Fuller's Shock Corridor, Doors suffers in comparison; Fuller made transcendent B-movies, and this isn't one. In just about every other respect, however, it's everything it should be: fast-paced, stylishly shot, a little lurid, a little topical, and thoroughly entertaining."


Critical response[edit]

Film critic Dennis Schwartz gave the film a mixed review, writing, "Budd Boetticher directs a fast-paced low-budget B-film thriller with a far-fetched idea as its storyline and presents a shaky portrayal of the mental health profession. The film's claustrophobic and oppressive surroundings in a private mental hospital, moves this paranoiac tale somewhat into film noir territory ... No character was developed, the storyline never seemed believable, and despite the attempts made through the dark photography to create tension that wasn't possible because we didn't know enough about the lead characters and the villains were merely cardboard characters. Aside from being well directed, this melodrama has little else to recommend it. Boetticher is better known today for the many splendid Westerns he directed during the 1950s with Randolph Scott as star, which include Comanche Station, Ride Lonesome, and The Tall T."[1]


  1. ^ Schwartz, Dennis. Ozus' World Movie Reviews, film review, December 6, 2003.

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