Open Secret

Open Secret

Director: John Reinhardt Cast: John Ireland, Jane Randolph, Roman Bohnen

DVD (Black & White)


John Reinhardt's Open Secret (1948) never even made it to VHS tape, much less to laserdisc; its arrival on DVD is, thus, a complete and delightful surprise, especially in a bargain-priced edition. Alpha Video's release is mastered in full-frame (1.33:1) off of what can best be called a serviceable 16 mm print -- there's some slight frame-jitter and noise on the soundtrack, but the contrast is good and there's a lot of detail, even in the night shots and scenes set in darkened rooms in which a lot of the action takes place. The movie is a little more complicated (in terms of a plot that involves social strife as well as a mystery and two murders) than the requisite Alpha six chapters can break down easily or adequately, but just having this release in a watchable edition is kind of a treat. And the soundtrack -- which includes a score by Herschel Burke Gilbert that was later re-orchestrated for television use (including The Adventures of Superman) -- is mastered at a nice full volume level, which overcomes some of the noise in the playback of the print.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2004
UPC: 0089218436290
Original Release: 1948
Rating: NR
Source: Alpha Video
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:08:00

Special Features

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Ireland Paul Lester
Jane Randolph Nancy Lester
Roman Bohnen Locke
Sheldon Leonard Mike Frontelli
George Tyne Harry Strauss
Morgan Farley Mitchell
Ellen Lowe Mrs. Locke
Anne O'Neal Mrs. Tistram
Arthur O'Connell Carter
John Alvin Ralph
Bert Conway Mace
Rory Mallinson Hill
Helena Dare Mrs. Hill
Leo Kaye Bartender
King Donovan Fawnes
Tommy Noonan Bob
Charles Waldron Actor

Technical Credits
John Reinhardt Director
Jason Bernie Editor
Henry Blankfort Screenwriter
John Bright Screenwriter
Stanley Frazen Editor
Herschel Burke Gilbert Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Guffroy Gilbert Musical Direction/Supervision
George Robinson Cinematographer
Frank Satenstein Producer
George C. VanMarter Art Director
Max Wilk Screenwriter
Earl B. Wooden Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [10:20]
2. Chapter 2 [12:29]
3. Chapter 3 [11:58]
4. Chapter 4 [12:42]
5. Chapter 5 [10:01]
6. Chapter 6 [10:10]

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