The Film Detective announced this past week that writer/director Delmer Daves’ 1947 film adaptation of George Agnew Chamberlain’s twisted mystery thriller (and often counted in the film noir category), The Red House, will be getting a Blu-ray push — featuring a full restoration from original source 35mm film elements — on Mar. 29.
This big budget psychological thriller, released theatrically by United Artists, sports an all-star cast that toplines Edward G. Robinson as Pete, a disabled farmer who guards a terrible secret. He shares his place with his sister (played by Judith Anderson) and Meg (Allene Roberts in her film debut — Knock on Any Door, Union Station, The Hoodlum, etc.), a “relative” that they have adopted.
The dreaded secret has been safe for years, but now Meg — a senior in high school — has discovered boys, including classmate Nath Storm (Lon McCallister — The Big Cat, The Boy from Indiana, etc.) and has become curious about her upbringing and the prohibition against wandering in the nearby woods.
Others in the cast included two rising stars, Rory Calhoun as Teller, a sinister local and Julie London as Tibby, a less-than-pure classmate of Meg and Nath. Tibby uses her seductive charms to manipulate the brutish Teller and sets in motion a series of events that ultimately push Pete over the edge.