Secret Beyond the Door
Secret Beyond the Door (1948)

Master filmmaker Fritz Lang directed this dark, haunting melodrama that centers on a lonely heiress who goes on vacation to Mexico and returns married to the publisher of a magazine on architecture. The honeymoon goes well, but as time… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1948
DVD Release Date: April 22, 2006
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Probably the most psychoanalytically oriented of his features, and because it's Lang, the murkiness is mainly a strength.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

[Lang's] direction is masterly, imposing meanings and tensions through images that are spare, resonant and astonishingly beautiful. A remarkable film.

Philip Kemp
Total Film

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.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Allen Eyles
Radio Times

The result is heavy going and pretentious.

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Jake Hamilton
Empire Magazine

Sloppy effort from Lang late in his career.

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Variety Staff

Mental complexities of the principals makes it sometimes hard to sort out the various motivations used to spin the tale.

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TV Guide

The most successful aspect of the production is the cinematography, which creates a shadowy world of false appearances, hidden meanings, and elusive truths.

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Suspicion this is not.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
definitely the weakest of the lang/bennett films but the very weird plot makes it worth watching. however the ending is a total copout
Robert C
Considering the year it was made, it is quite a perverse film. Some great visuals and a very interesting (if not overly complex) premise. Part of both… More
Michael Gildea
From a story standpoint, Secret Beyond the Door is nothing special. Actually, its pretty damn dull. It's the story of an impetuous marriage where the woman… More