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The Red House

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Overview

Delmer Daves directs the noirish thriller The Red House, based on the novel by George Agnew Chamberlain. Edward G. Robinson plays Pete Morgan, a farmer who harbors dark secrets and refuses to let anyone near the red house in the woods behind the house. In order to fend off trespassers, he hires Teller Rory Calhoun to stand guard. He lives with his sister, Ellen Judith Anderson, and his adopted daughter, Meg Allene Roberts. When they hire Meg's friend, Nath Storm Lon McCallister, to help out on the farm, the two ...
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Overview

Delmer Daves directs the noirish thriller The Red House, based on the novel by George Agnew Chamberlain. Edward G. Robinson plays Pete Morgan, a farmer who harbors dark secrets and refuses to let anyone near the red house in the woods behind the house. In order to fend off trespassers, he hires Teller Rory Calhoun to stand guard. He lives with his sister, Ellen Judith Anderson, and his adopted daughter, Meg Allene Roberts. When they hire Meg's friend, Nath Storm Lon McCallister, to help out on the farm, the two kids start to wonder about the mysterious red house. The film features an eerie original score by Miklós Rózsa.
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Special Features

Audio Commentary with William Hare Move Trailer Original Movie Art Postcard included Before & After Restoration Demo
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
If The Red House falls a little short of being a totally successful noirish thriller, it's not for lack of trying. Indeed, director Delmer Daves pulls out every trick in his considerable bag and exhibits extraordinary determination to draw the audience into this dangerous house. As a matter of fact, he exhibits a bit too much determination, with the effort showing unduly. The viewer watches impressed at Daves' technique and commitment, marveling at the expert use of sound and shadow; yet, it ultimately comes across as a little too much, and that "too much" keeps viewers from becoming as engrossed as they could be. And when they're not totally engrossed, it gives them the opportunity to notice some cracks in the story itself and to notice that, despite all of Daves' resolve, the climax holds too few surprises to really work and the inclusion of the elopement of secondary characters does nothing except divert from the underdeveloped ending. The casting of Lon McCallister in the pivotal role of Nath is also problematic. He's an amiable enough actor, but he doesn't seem to understand the depths of the character. As a result, the complexities of Nath make no sense to the audience. Fortunately, the rest of the casting brings no such problems to House. Edward G. Robinson is in magnificent form; few actors could combine toughness and vulnerability in the manner Robinson did, and his performance is crucial to House. Judith Anderson, if a bit too refined in voice, is also a prime asset, and there's also fine work from a sensuous Julie London. The Red House has other assets, including an unusual rural setting for a noir-esque film; if all the assets don't push the movie into the winner's circle, they come close.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2012
  • UPC: 851169003087
  • Original Release: 1947
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  • Source: Film Chest Company
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Bonus DVD / B&W
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 14,174

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward G. Robinson Pete Morgan
Lon McCallister Nath Storm
Judith Anderson Ellen Morgan
Allene Roberts Meg Morgan
Julie London Tibby
Rory Calhoun Teller
Harry Shannon Dr. Byrne
Arthur Space The Sheriff
Walter Sande Don Brent
Ona Munson Mrs. Storm
Pat Flaherty Cop
Technical Credits
Delmer Daves Director, Screenwriter
C. Frank Beetson Jr. Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Beetson Jr. Costumes/Costume Designer
Irving Berns Makeup
McClure Capps Art Director
Bert Glennon Cinematographer
Sol Lesser Producer
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
Merrill White Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Red House
1. High School Days [7:58]
2. Trespass at Your Own Risk [8:24]
3. Mystery in The Woods [8:56]
4. Leave Well Enough Alone [10:36]
5. You've Been Warned [7:52]
6. Losing Control [9:49]
7. Digging Up The Past [7:37]
8. Love Is In The Air [8:11]
9. Conflict In The Woods [7:45]
10. Trouble By The Red House [9:46]
11. The Truth Comes Out [5:47]
12. Freedom [7:34]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Red House
   Play Film
   Chapter Select
   Setup
      Audio
         Dolby Digital 2.0
         Audio Commentary With William Hare
      Spanish Subtitles
         Spanish Subtitles: On
         Spanish Subtitles: Off
   Bonus Features
      Bonus Features
         Movie Trailer
         Before And After Restoration Demo
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