Obsession (1949 film)

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Obsession (The Hidden Room) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster (USA)
Directed by Edward Dmytryk
Produced by
Screenplay by Alec Coppel
Based on the novel A Man About A Dog 
by Alec Coppel
Starring Robert Newton
Music by Nino Rota
Cinematography C.M. Pennington-Richards
Edited by Lito Carruthers
Independent Sovereign Films
Distributed by General Film Dist.
Release dates
  • 3 August 1949 (1949-08-03)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Obsession, released in the US as The Hidden Room, is a 1949 British crime film directed by Edward Dmytryk,[1] based on the book A Man About A Dog by Alec Coppel, who also wrote the screenplay for the film, and turned the story into a novel.[2] Obsession was entered into the 1949 Cannes Film Festival.[3]


Dr Riordan's wife Storm is cheating on him with American Bill Kronin. He determines to get the perfect revenge.



Variety wrote that the film is slow paced at first but becomes suspenseful.[4] The New York Times called it "a first-rate study in suspense and abnormal psychology".[5] Kendal Patterson of the Los Angeles Times described it as an early predecessor of Fatal Attraction.[6]


  1. ^ "Obsession". NY Times. Retrieved 2011-05-05. 
  2. ^ "New Novels of the Week on the Good Earth.". The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) (Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia). 3 January 1948. p. 22. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Obsession". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  4. ^ "Review: 'Obsession'". Variety. 1949. Retrieved 2015-02-15. 
  5. ^ "THE SCREEN IN REVIEW; 'The Hidden Room,' British-Made Psychological Drama, Opens at Broadway Embassy". The New York Times. 1950-01-09. Retrieved 2015-02-15. 
  6. ^ Patterson, Kendal (1993-08-19). "'Hidden Room': Terror With a Twist". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-02-15. 

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