The Red House is an interesting psychological thriller [based on the novel by George Agnew Chamberlain], with its mood satisfactorily sustained throughout the pic. Film, however, has too slow a pace, so that the paucity of incident and action stands out sharply, despite good performances by Edward G. Robinson, Judith Anderson, Allene Roberts, Lon McCallister and others.

The Red House is an interesting psychological thriller [based on the novel by George Agnew Chamberlain], with its mood satisfactorily sustained throughout the pic. Film, however, has too slow a pace, so that the paucity of incident and action stands out sharply, despite good performances by Edward G. Robinson, Judith Anderson, Allene Roberts, Lon McCallister and others.

Film has a simple, rustic quality in scripting, setting and characterization.

Pic, however, is built on a single thread, and takes too long in getting to its climax. It ends on something of a macabre note, and throughout it has several false touches – a muscle-brained young woodsman being in possession of $750; entrusting the money to a flighty girl to buy him a bond with it, etc.

Robinson has supplied himself with a fat part that suits his talents and to which he gives his best efforts. He’s cast as a farmer, living with a sister and an adopted daughter in an isolated area of a small community, further withdrawn from the community by his strange, gloomy moods. Part of his property is a wooded area to which no one can go; the farmer even employs a young woodsman to keep trespassers out by gunfire if necessary. A young hired hand comes to work on the farm, is intrigued by the wooded area, and enters it, to meet with several mishaps.

The Red House

Production

United Artists. Director Delmer Daves; Producer Sol Lesser; Screenplay Delmer Daves; Camera Bert Glennon; Editor Merrill White; Music Miklos Rozsa; Art Director McClure Capps

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1947. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Edward G. Robinson Lon McCallister Judith Anderson Allene Roberts Julie London Rory Calhoun
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