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Behind Locked Doors (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | October 1948 (USA)
A well-known judge has become a fugitive from the police, with a large reward on his head. A reporter believes that the judge is hiding in a private sanitarium, so she seeks out a private ... See full summary »

Director:

Budd Boetticher (as Oscar Boetticher)

Writers:

Eugene Ling (screenplay), Malvin Wald (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lucille Bremer ... Kathy Lawrence
Richard Carlson ... Ross Stewart
Douglas Fowley ... Larson
Ralf Harolde ... Fred Hopps
Thomas Browne Henry Thomas Browne Henry ... Dr. Clifford Porter (as Tom Brown Henry)
Herbert Heyes ... Judge Finlay Drake
Gwen Donovan Gwen Donovan ... Madge Bennett
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A well-known judge has become a fugitive from the police, with a large reward on his head. A reporter believes that the judge is hiding in a private sanitarium, so she seeks out a private investigator and asks him to pretend to be insane, so that he can get inside the sanitarium and look for the judge. The investigator is admitted to the asylum, and encounters many dangers while trying to prove that the judge is there. Written by Snow Leopard

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MURDER was the ONLY way out!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Human Gorilla See more »

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Production Co:

Aro Productions Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Dr. Clifford Porter: Larson! How many times have I told you not to abuse the patients?
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Referenced in Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) See more »

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Works Pretty Well
20 July 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This works pretty well for a B-grade film noir. The atmosphere is mostly convincing, and the story is interesting, even if not always entirely plausible. It has some creative touches and some moments of real tension that make up for the routine leading characters and the occasional lack of believability.

The story opens with a reporter visiting the office of an inexperienced private investigator (Richard Carlson), with a proposition. The reporter believes that she knows where to find a prominent judge who has become a fugitive from the police (and for whom there is a $10,000 reward). She thinks that the judge is hiding in a private sanitarium, and wants the investigator to pretend to be insane so that he can get inside and find out. Most of the story that follows takes place inside the asylum, as the investigator tries to find the judge and stay out of danger.

The asylum setting is done well, and furnishes a suitable atmosphere. They use the setting in several ways to further the action, most notably with horror-film favorite Tor Johnson appearing as a dangerous inmate, along with a number of other strange inhabitants. The unusual setting adds considerably to the more routine aspects of the film.

"Human Gorilla" (also called "Behind Locked Doors") works rather well, and this is not a bad movie to check out if you like film noir or crime movies, and wouldn't mind the generally low production values.


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