The Strange Door

The Strange Door

Director: Joseph Pevney Cast: Charles Laughton, Boris Karloff, Sally Forrest

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Overview

Reunited for the first time since 1932's The Old Dark House, Charles Laughton and Boris Karloff star in the second-echelon Universal melodrama The Strange Door. Based on a Robert Louis Stevenson story, the film casts Laughton as unhinged French aristocrat Alan De Maletroit. Angered when his sweetheart jilts him in favor of his brother Edmond (Paul Cavanuagh), De Maletroit tosses Edmond in his castle dungeon, then years later forces Edmond's daughter Blanche (Sally Forrest) into a marriage of convenience with the seemingly worthless Dennis de Beaulieu (Richard Stapley). Imprisoned within the walls of the castle by the overbearing De Maletroit, Blanche and Dennis fall genuinely in love, then conspire with De Maletroit's long-suffering servant Voltan (Boris Karloff) to escape. But the villain's torture chamber is just large enough for the three would-be escapees ... While Strange Door permits Charles Laughton plenty of room to dole out ham in thick, juicy slices, poor Boris Karloff has nearly nothing to do, much to the disappointment of his fans.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2014
UPC: 0025192181221
Original Release: 1951
Source: Universal Mod
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:21:00
Sales rank: 36,226

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Laughton Sire Alan de Maletroit
Boris Karloff Voltan
Sally Forrest Blanche de Maletroit
Richard Stapley Denis de Beaulieu
Michael Pate Talon
Alan Napier Count Grassin
William Cottrell Corbeau
Morgan Farley Rinville
Charles Horvath Turec
Paul Cavanagh Edmond de Maletroit
Eddie Parker Moret

Technical Credits
Joseph Pevney Director
Edward A. Curtiss Editor
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Joseph E. Gershenson Musical Direction/Supervision
Irving Glassberg Cinematographer
Julia Heron Set Decoration/Design
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
David S. Horsley Special Effects
Rosemary Odell Costumes/Costume Designer
Ted Richmond Producer
Jerry Sackheim Screenwriter
Hans J. Salter Score Composer
Bud Westmore Makeup

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