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Open Secret

The Pull-No-Punch drama of men chained together by hate!
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item number:  ALP 4362D
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 8 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: March 23, 2004
  • Originally Released: 1948
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Entertainment Reviews:

Rating: C -- A quality story, but it is cheaply produced. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Apr 18, 2003

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Phones ring without being answered, cigarettes smolder in ashtrays and rays of light clandestinely spill out from underneath locked doors in Open Secret, an excellent independently-produced film noir social issue melodrama from the late 1940s.

Paul and Nancy Lester (John Ireland and Jane Randolph) are newlyweds back in the old neighborhood to visit a good friend who has disappeared. Investigation leads them to the enter of a violent hate cult willing to murder any Jewish "outsiders" unfortunate enough to set foot on their turf. Slick expressionist lighting and fluid camera work augment this moralistic drama, as interesting for its techniques as it is for its universal message.

Product Description:

When a gang of thugs starts an anti-semitic campaign, a young couple gets in their way.


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Well done story with fine cast Movie Lover: from Middle Village, NY US -- June, 15, 2010

John Ireland stars in this 1948 film about anti-semitism in a unnamed town. An unpopular subject at the time. the film tells its story faithfully and truth. I agree that it deserves a wider viewing and larger reputation.

Noir with a message, and the great John Ireland Movie Lover: from somewhere out there -- May, 12, 2006

Compact film noir about an anti-Semitic hate group. While on their honeymoon, John Ireland and his new wife Jane Randolph stay with an old army buddy named Ed... but Ed never comes home, and someone's been ransacking the place. They find white supremacist literature, and Ireland wonders what Ed was doing with trash like that. They figure out that Ed's in trouble... and maybe they are, too. The organization murders Ed and then runs over his corpse with a truck, and Ireland learns that almost everybody in the neighborhood hates Jews. Ireland is determined to get to the bottom of things. Ed left some incriminating photos because he was going to expose the organization in a magazine, and the Nazis want the pictures back. Gritty, socially-conscious fast-moving little B-flick that keeps the tension cranked up high. Deserves a broader reputation; right now it's too obscure for most film reference books. If you like this, you may also want to check out Jigsaw, which Alpha also carries.

An interesting little B movie film noir Movie Lover: from MA -- January, 16, 2005

An interesting little B movie film noir in which John Ireland finds himself battling a ruthless neighborhood gang of white supremacists. Notable for its gritty, working-poor setting -- Ireland is on his honeymoon, but the best he can do for his new bride is to bunk for a few days with his unemployed army buddy! As the write-up says, there is a lot of dark, expressionist lighting; very creative and moody. This film is also an example of how low cost B movies could tackle social issues that the studios of the day would never broach in a big budget release. Well worth the price!

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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 28,782
  • UPC: 089218436290
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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