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Behind Locked Doors [DVD] [1948]

This neat little thriller, which has also appeared on cable television under the title The Human Gorilla, is a remarkable achievement in its way from Kino on Video -- most presentations have been in very rough shape, but this disc looks as good as a proper theatrical showing, with excellent detail and rich contrasts and no notable flaws of any kind. The movie is a kind of a hybrid work, an old-fashioned manhunt/mystery thriller brought into the postwar era by its setting, in a sanitarium. Director Budd Boetticher handles the action with a good deal of tension and sensitivity, engrossing the audience in his characters as well as the dramatic set-up. The film's low budget is never obvious or an impediment, as he keeps everything moving so briskly and smoothly that the viewer never notices the limitations of the production. The transfer is excellent, and the dozen chapter markers are more than suitable for the 62-minute movie. The movie starts up automatically, and the menu must be accessed manually.

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    Behind Locked Doors
    Behind the locked doors of a mental institution resides crooked politico Judge Drake (Herbert Heyes), free from prosecution so long as he pretends to be crazy. To get the goods on Drake, private detective Ross Stewart (Richard Carlson) has himself committed to the asylum as a patient. Meanwhile, reporter Kathy Lawrence (Lucille Bremer), posing as Stewart's wife, acts as his liaison to the outside world. But when Drake figures out what's going on, he pulls strings to have Stewart meet with an "accident" during his stay at the institution. Ralf Harolde, who memorably portrayed a seedy psychiatrist in Murder My Sweet, contributes another excellent performance in Behind Locked Doors as a sympathetic attendant with Something To Hide. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Lucille Bremer
      Lucille Bremer - Kathy Lawrence
    • Richard Carlson
      Richard Carlson - Ross Stewart
    • Douglas Fowley
      Douglas Fowley - Larson
    • Image coming soon
      Herbert Heyes - Judge Drake
    • Ralf Harolde
      Ralf Harolde - Fred Hopps

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