Obsession (1949 film)

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Obsession (The Hidden Room) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster (USA)
Directed by Edward Dmytryk
Produced by Nat A. Bronstein
Kenneth Horne
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. (UK)
Eagle-Lion Films (USA)
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.



Critical response[edit]

Film critic Dennis Schwartz called the film "[a] first-rate British crime thriller." He wrote, "Blacklisted Hollywood director Edward Dmytryk (Murder, My Sweet/Cornered/Crossfire) in exile helms this first-rate British crime thriller, his first overseas. It's adapted by Alec Coppel from his own suspense novel A Man About a Dog. The film was inspired by a real such incident in London."[4]


  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. ^ Schwartz, Dennis. Ozus' World Movie Reviews. film review, 30 March 2007.

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