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Even star Joan Bennett and director Fritz Lang regarded The Secret Beyond the Door as the weakest of their collaborative efforts. Bennett plays spoiled socialite Celia, who falls recklessly in love with the handsome but emotionally complex Mark Lamphere (Michael Redgrave, in his first American film). After their wedding, Celia becomes uncomfortably aware that Mark's mild distrust of women is actually a deep-set, and potentially dangerous, hatred. Even when facing the possibility that she'll be murdered in her sleep, Celia remains loyal to her unbalanced husband. The slowly mounting… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Probably the most psychoanalytically oriented of his features, and because it's Lang, the murkiness is mainly a strength."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"[Lang's] direction is masterly, imposing meanings and tensions through images that are spare, resonant and astonishingly beautiful. A remarkable film."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Borrowing a plot from the Bluebeard legend, and chucking in a load of sub-Freudian hokum, Fritz Lang nonetheless makes a class act of this Gothic psycho-thriller."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"Secret Beyond the Door ventures into some astounding arenas (even for Lang, who was an expert in paranoia), both of the mind and otherwise."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Even Lang himself thought this was a poor film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Mr. Lang is still a director who knows how to turn the obvious, such as locked doors and silent chambers and roving spotlights, into strangely tingling stuff."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The result is heavy going and pretentious."
‑ Allen Eyles, Radio Times
"Sloppy effort from Lang late in his career."
‑ Jake Hamilton, Empire Magazine
"Poetry of architecture, rejection of Freud"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Mental complexities of the principals makes it sometimes hard to sort out the various motivations used to spin the tale."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The most successful aspect of the production is the cinematography, which creates a shadowy world of false appearances, hidden meanings, and elusive truths."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Suspicion this is not."
‑ , Film4
"Strange, weirdly inventive thriller"
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
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