Secret Beyond the Door (1948) - Rotten Tomatoes

Secret Beyond the Door (1948)



Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Secret Beyond the Door Photos

Movie Info

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 passes, her husband's darker side begins to appear and the woman begins to fear that her beloved is a cold-blooded killer.


Joan Bennett
as Celia Lamphere
Michael Redgrave
as Mark Lamphere
Anne Revere
as Caroline Lamphere
Barbara O'Neil
as Miss Robey
Natalie Schafer
as Edith Potter
Paul Cavanagh
as Rick Barrett
Anabel Shaw
as Intellectual Sub-Deb
Rosa Rey
as Paquita
James Seay
as Bob Dwight
Kay Morley
as SubDeb
Crane Whitley
as Lavender Falls Couple
Virginia Farmer
as Lavender Falls Couple
Paul Fierro
as Fighter
Julian Rivero
as Proprietor
Paul Scardon
as Owl Eyes
Danny Duncan
as Ferret-Faced Man
Frank Dae
as Country Squire
Donna Martell
as Young Mexican Girl
David Cota
as Knife Fighter
Nolan Leary
as Station Agent
Wayne Treadway
as Beefy Man
Watson Downs
as Conductor
Donald Kerr
as Ticket Man
Robert Espinosa
as Altar Boy
Robert Barber
as Altar Boy
Tony Rodriguez
as Altar Boy
Peggy Remington
as Dean of Women
Harry Denny
as College President
View All

Critic Reviews for Secret Beyond the Door

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

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

February 25, 2013 | Full Review…

Sloppy effort from Lang late in his career.

February 25, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

April 4, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

April 4, 2011
Top Critic

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

April 4, 2011 | Full Review…

The psychological theme here is put to excellent use as the basis for a compact, well-paced package, graced by sparkling performances.

November 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Secret Beyond the Door

definitely the weakest of the lang/bennett films but the very weird plot makes it worth watching. however the ending is a total copout

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


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 it's charm and short coming is the horribly dated dialog, but the potential is there for a great film.

Robert C
Robert C

Super Reviewer

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 (the beautiful Joan Bennett in this case) gets more than she bargained for. By today's standards it comes off as silly and even predictable. And on top of it all, there are so many elements that could've added to the story so well but instead leaving you needing more. But since Fritz Lang directed Secret Beyond the Door and his visual style makes up for the story's numerous shortcomings, I forgave a lot. So much in the last act was a work of art that by the time you get to the end of this movie with its convenient ending you're just left with torn feelings because you saw something magnificent but had to endure this mundane story to see it. I don't know. See it yourself, make your own call...

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

Secret Beyond the Door Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features