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Waste of talent
- Alta Marea
This movie could've been so good! Instead, the only thing good about it is the cinematography of a countryside now gone and lost forever. But the acting...! That Allene Roberts had only one facial expression and she used it whether she was happy, sad, suffering from a broken leg, or just found out something terrible. And her voice! Did the director tell her to sound like a whiny baby or did she think of it herself? Julie London had more spark in one of her glances than Allene Roberts ever managed to achieve in the entire movie. The entire cast was wooden and lifeless, seeming to lack inspiration. What a waste of great talent.
- kevin sellers
Delmer Daves' directorial philosophy in this film seems to be "Let No Melodramatic Shriek Go Unshrieked." And in the process of faithfully adhering to it Daves manages to accomplish what I thought was mission impossible: elicit bad performances from Judith Anderson and Edward G. Robinson, both of whom are well over the top, especially him. Ironically, the best acting in this movie is from the ingenues, Allene Roberts and Julie London, the former managing to etch a convincing portrait of innocence, the later providing the only thing in this film even approaching humor or the light touch. So, aside from arresting cinematography by Bert Glennon and interesting location shooting in what looks to be Calif. gold rush country this film is both shrill and heavy, much like the Miklos Rosa score which guest host Michael Feinstein found "haunting" but which I found deafening and deadening. Give it a C.P.S. Nice to finally agree with H.A. Cliche about a movie.
Watch this movie.
- old movie fan
Not a classic but it will hold your attention. It's like the people in it are not part of the real world, not even of 1947. The sense of isolation adds to the movie. As others have said all of the DVD / Blu-Ray versions of this public domain film are in fair shape but viewable.
Saw This When I Was A Child
I remember this film because a neighbor's kid asked me if I would like to go and see it. His family paid and of course I went but for some reason at the age of ten, I remember not liking it, I now have a chance to see it again at the age of seventy nine. I will let you know as an adult what I think of it.---I have it recorded on my DVR.
The Out House
This movie let me know that even in a bucolic 1947 setting, bland, old people led worthless, troubled lives while the nubile young people had the answers when not distracted by amourish body lingo all of which makes me glad to live in a packed suburban area in 2016 A.D. where the divers residents are certainly no worse than the characters in this smarmy motion tabloid!
When people farmed in the Way-Back-Beyond...
- el debbo
It's a wonderfully suspenseful movie and the photography is stunning. But it was the mythic, deep-in-the-hills American landscape that once was...that's what captivated me from the start. (To think that zillions of farmers made a healthy living before agribusiness took over for an unhealthy few.) In The Red House, we see rolling hills, gorgeous old handmade buildings, lush fields and a clean lake. Stunning. This was Lon McCallister's shining hour; he was usually listed as 'bellhop' or 'stock boy' in movies. He and Allene Roberts were splendid and the b&w close-ups of the two are really wonderful. Like art. EGR is perfect, as usual, as is Judith Anderson. Julie London and spoooooky Rory Calhoun were ideal in their roles; nobody has ever looked like him-- EVAH! One of a kind. I won't give away any plot, just sayin' "watch this!" and watch it in a dark room ;)
Allene Roberts is proof that a girl does not have to be glamorous to be beautiful, she consistently gave involved and sensitive performances, much like Cathy O'Donnell.
Interesting unknown film.
- movie guy
Ahead of it's time in certain ways. In the opening scene on the school bus Tibby tells her boyfriend that they'll meet at the lake and change into there swimwear there. Immediately the image of the shapely Tibby wet and naked pops into our minds. Tibby was a "bad girl" at a time when bad girls were not portrayed in films. She was proud of her bold behavior and dress.The low-budget atmospheric nature of the film adds to it's appeal. The film is apparently in the public domain as numerous DVD releases of it exist, all of mediocre quality but watchable.
A Fine Movie
- Tom Pugh
Like Elaine Bossman, I first saw this film when I was ten years old and it became (along with Our Town) my favorite movie(s). While knowledge of the ending and the passage of 55 years has dulled my enthusiasm for the movie BUT, not much! It's still a wonderful film, well worth the investment of the time it takes to see it. Don't read the synopsis, it spoils the ending if you do.
A must see!
I purchased this movie because I'm a fan of E.G.R. & I really enjoyed it. Mr. Robinson was fantastic in this picture & so were the others but his acting gave me goose pimples-he was so creepy! And what a ending!
The Red House Is Timeless
- Elaine Bossman
I first saw this film on the late show when I was just about ten years old, and I never forgot it. Although I was somewhat frightened, I couldn't help being drawn right into it. Now, some thirty years later, having purchased my own copy, I see that the intense mystery and suspense it portrays was held together by the brilliant acting of Edward G. Robinson and Judith Anderson. Although just a bit dated now, I believe that it is well worth viewing and I am very glad that it is now a part of my own film library.