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Behind the Door (1919)

A German-American naval officer takes revenge against the German submarine commander who brutalized his wife.

Director:

Irvin Willat (as Irvin V. Willat)

Writers:

Gouverneur Morris (story), Luther Reed
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Cast

Cast overview:
Hobart Bosworth ... Oscar Krug
Jane Novak ... Alice Morse
Wallace Beery ... Lt. Brandt
James Gordon ... Bill Tavish
Richard Wayne Richard Wayne ... McQuestion (as Richard Wain)
J.P. Lockney J.P. Lockney ... Matthew Morse
Gibson Gowland ... Gideon Blank
Otto Hoffman ... Mark Arnold
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A German-American naval officer takes revenge against the German submarine commander who brutalized his wife.

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Taglines:

"THAT MAN BELONGS TO ME!" (Print Ad-The Calgary Daily Herald,((Calgary, Alta.)) 13 March 1920) See more »

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Drama | Thriller | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1919 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Detrás de la puerta See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film was restored in June 2015 by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival in partnership with the Library of Congress and Gosfilmofond of Russia. The new restoration combines all known film source elements and fills many of the narrative gaps that were present in the 1994 reconstruction based solely on the incomplete Library of Congress print. See more »

Connections

Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #4.20 (1954) See more »

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Shockingly graphic, stunning even through print deterioration
10 May 2004 | by BillBarber04See all my reviews

Saw what may be the last exhibition of this film last Saturday (5-8-04) in Rome, NY. Film has been pieced together from several sources. Quality varies from excellent to barely discernible images, with a few scenes entirely missing (Library of Congress Reconstruction).

I was amazed at the intensity of this story. It was very obviously influenced by World War I, the German Submariners are shown to be absolute amoral barbarians, but the film is amazing in its craft and impact.

The print which we saw is said to be the only one outside of Russia (see below), and its condition is such that Library of Congress has pulled it from exhibition. The Rome, NY showing was the last booked.

I understand that a negative was made from this print, however there are no prints available at the present time.

Another complete print of the film is said to exist in Russia, with Russian titles, but no more information was given.

I was amazed at how rapidly the story moved. 70 minutes felt like 45!

If you have a chance to see this film, DO! You won't forget it.


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