Obsession (1949 film)
Theatrical release poster (USA)
|Directed by||Edward Dmytryk|
|Screenplay by||Alec Coppel|
|Based on||the novel A Man About A Dog
by Alec Coppel
|Music by||Nino Rota|
|Edited by||Lito Carruthers|
Independent Sovereign Films
|Distributed by||General Film Dist.|
Obsession, released in the US as The Hidden Room, is a 1949 British crime film directed by Edward Dmytryk, 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. Obsession was entered into the 1949 Cannes Film Festival.
Dr Riordan's wife Storm is cheating on him with American Bill Kronin. He determines to get the perfect revenge.
- Robert Newton as Dr. Clive Riordan
- Phil Brown as Bill Kronin
- Sally Gray as Storm Riordan
- Naunton Wayne as Supt. Finsbury
- James Harcourt as Aitkin (butler)
- Ronald Adam as Clubman
- Allan Jeayes as Clubman
- Olga Lindo as Mrs. Humphries
- Russell Waters as Flying Squad detective
- Sam Kydd as Club steward
Variety wrote that the film is slow paced at first but becomes suspenseful. The New York Times called it "a first-rate study in suspense and abnormal psychology". Kendal Patterson of the Los Angeles Times described it as an early predecessor of Fatal Attraction.
- "Obsession". NY Times. Retrieved 2011-05-05.
- "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.
- "Festival de Cannes: Obsession". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
- "Review: 'Obsession'". Variety. 1949. Retrieved 2015-02-15.
- "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.
- Patterson, Kendal (1993-08-19). "'Hidden Room': Terror With a Twist". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-02-15.