The House of Secrets

The House of Secrets

Director: Roland D. Reed Cast: Leslie Fenton, Muriel Evans, Noel Madison

DVD (Black & White)


Roland D. Reed's The House of Secrets (1936) is a creaky old mystery that probably wouldn't have passed muster on television in the 1950s -- in that sense, this DVD edition from Alpha is a real artifact of the very distant cinematic past. There are some familiar faces present, including Leslie Fenton, Muriel Evans, Sidney Blackmer, Holmes Herbert, and Syd Saylor, of whom Blackmer (who is very good here) -- remembered for Rosemary's Baby, made 30 years after this movie -- is probably the best-known today. The source print is very scratchy over the credits and at the reel-change points, with some damaged frames in the midst of certain reels, but it's otherwise reasonably clean if somewhat soft and over-saturated with light elsewhere. Some of the shots in normal room light are almost whited out in spots. In a way, that's a shame because one of the enjoyable aspects of watching this movie is the art deco design of some of the sets, which would be easier to appreciate with a better transfer from a better source. Alpha's routine six chapters are adequate for a fairly complex plot, and there are no bonus features. The disc opens on a simple, easy-to-use menu. Officially the running time is 64 minutes, but the movie runs closer to 69 minutes.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/22/2003
UPC: 0089218420497
Original Release: 1937
Rating: NR
Source: Alpha Video
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:04:00

Special Features

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leslie Fenton Barry Wilding
Muriel Evans Julie Fenmore
Noel Madison Dan Wharton
Sidney Blackmer Tom Stan
Morgan Wallace Dr. Kenmore
Holmes Herbert Sir Bertram Evans
Ian MacLaren Commissioner Cross
Jameson Thomas Coventry
Matty Fain Jumpy
Sid Saylor Ed
George Rosener Hector Munson
Rita Carlyle Mrs. Shippam
Ramsay Hill Police Inspector
Matty Kemp Man on Ship
Tom Ricketts Peters
David Thursby Gregory
Richard Lancaster English Policeman

Technical Credits
Roland D. Reed Director
M.A. Anderson Cinematographer
George R. Batcheller Producer
John Krafft Screenwriter
Abe Meyer Musical Direction/Supervision
Dan Milner Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [11:31]
2. Chapter 2 [10:45]
3. Chapter 3 [10:20]
4. Chapter 4 [12:32]
5. Chapter 5 [11:41]
6. Chapter 6 [11:34]

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