The Red House (film)
|The Red House|
Theatrical release poster (1947)
|Directed by||Delmer Daves|
|Produced by||Sol Lesser|
|Screenplay by||Delmer Daves|
|Based on||the novel The Red House
by George Agnew Chamberlain
|Starring||Edward G. Robinson
|Music by||Miklós Rózsa|
|Edited by||Merrill G. White|
Sol Lesser Productions
|Distributed by||United Artists|
Handicapped farmer Pete Morgan (Edward G. Robinson) and sister Ellen (Judith Anderson) have raised their niece Meg (Allene Roberts) as their own on a reclusive farm. Now a teenager, Meg, convinces her high school friend Nath Storm (Lon McCallister) to come help with chores on the farm. When Nath insists on using a shortcut home through the woods, Pete warns the young man of screams in the night and the terrors associated with the abandoned red house. Curious, Meg and Nath ignore his warnings and begin exploring and troubling secrets are revealed. Meg begins to fall in love with Nath, but his jealous and shrewd girlfriend Tibby (Julie London) has other plans for him. Meanwhile, Pete secretly employs local handyman and petty thug Teller (Rory Calhoun) to keep an eye on both Meg and Nath in order to keep them away from the mysterious "red house" in the woods near his farm.
- Edward G. Robinson as Pete Morgan
- Lon McCallister as Nath Storm
- Judith Anderson as Ellen Morgan
- Rory Calhoun as Teller
- Allene Roberts as Meg
- Julie London as Tibby
- Ona Munson as Mrs. Storm
- Harry Shannon as Dr. Jonathan Byrne
- Arthur Space as The Sheriff
- Pat Flaherty as Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
- Walter Sande as Don Brent (uncredited)
Critic Dave Sindelar gives the film a positive review: "It's not perfect; it's a little too long, so you end up figuring some of the final revelations before you should, and it gets a little repetitive at times, but the strong acting and some memorable images make it worth the investment."
The film is also praised as a "Murky psychological thriller with resonant settings and an emotive Rózsa score.
Chamberlain’s 1943 novel has no copyright registration at the Library of Congress. The five issues of The Saturday Evening Post in which the story was serialized were registered for copyright by The Curtis Publishing Co.; the copyrights of all five issues were renewed in 1973 by The Saturday Evening Post Company.
The movie was registered for copyright by Thalia Productions (LP864; 7 February 1947); that copyright was not renewed.
The Red House was released on Blu-ray on April 24, 2012 in the US and other countries from Film Chest and HD Cinema Classics. Digitally restored in high definition and transferred from original 35mm elements, this DVD/Blu-ray combo pack includes original 35mm trailer, before-and-after restoration demo and an original movie art postcard.
- The Red House at the American Film Institute Catalog.
- Sindelar, Dave. Movie of the Day Archives, film review, June 21, 2004. Accessed: August 17, 013.
- Selby, Spencer. Dark City: The Film Noir. McFarland & Company (1997). ISBN 0-7864-0478-7.
- Film Superlist: Motion Pictures in the U.S. Public Domain (1940 - 1949), page 665.
- Film Superlist: Motion Pictures in the U.S. Public Domain (1940 - 1949), page 637.
- Harley Lond (2012-04-24). "New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of April 24". FilmCrave. Retrieved 2012-04-24.
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- The Red House at the American Film Institute Catalog
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- The Red House at AllMovie
- The Red House at the TCM Movie Database
- The Red House is available for free download at the Internet Archive
- The Red House opening titles on YouTube