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The Red House


"Middle-aged farmer goes to extreme lengths to protect the dark secret associated with a deserted house on his property. Murky psychological thriller with resonant settings and an emotive Miklos Rozsa score." - noir expert Spencer Selby

The Red House is an American 1947 psychological thriller starring Edward G. Robinson. It is adapted from the novel The Red House by George Agnew Chamberlain, published in 1943 by Popular Library.<>.</>


Handicapped farmer Pete (Edward G. Robinson) and sister Ellen (Judith Anderson) have raised ward Meg (Allene Roberts) as their own on a reclusive farm. Now a teenager, Meg, convinces her friend Nath (Lon McCallister) to come help with chores on the farm. When Nath insists on using a shortcut home through the woods, Pete warns the young man of screams in the night and the terrors associated with the abandoned red house. Curious, Meg and Nath ignore his warnings and begin exploring and troubling secrets are revealed.


  • Edward G. Robinson as Pete Morgan
  • Lon McCallister as Nath Storm
  • Judith Anderson as Ellen Morgan
  • Rory Calhoun as Teller
  • Allene Roberts as Meg
  • Julie London as Tibby
  • Ona Munson as Mrs. Storm
  • Harry Shannon (actor) as Dr. Jonathan Byrne
  • Arthur Space as The Sheriff
  • Pat Flaherty (actor) as Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
  • Walter Sande as Don Brent (uncredited)


=Critical response=

Critic Dave Sindelar gives the film a positive review: "It's not perfect; it's a little too long, so you end up figuring some of the final revelations before you should, and it gets a little repetitive at times, but the strong acting and some memorable images make it worth the investment."</>

See also

  • List of films in the public domain in the United States
  • =Notes=

    =Additional erences=

  • Category:1947 films
    Category:1940s drama films
    Category:American films
    Category:Black-and-white films
    Category:English-language films
    Category:Film noir
    Category:Films based on American novels
    Category:Films directed by Delmer Daves
    Category:United Artists films
    Category:Film scores by Miklós Rózsa
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