THE RED HOUSE, from 1947, a black-and-white, would-be mystery/film-noir/thriller boasting a crack cast led by Edward G. Robinson, a decent journeyman director (Delmer Daves) and a score by Miklós Rózsa.
Allene Roberts, above, in her film debut) and high-school sweethearts, the fresh-faced Lon McCallister (below, right) and his gal Julie London (below, left). This is the earliest I'd ever seen Ms London in a film, and whew -- she was sultry even then!
Judith Anderson (in a positive role, for a change) who's in love, from afar, with the town's doctor. Due to his quasi-incestuous love for Ms Roberts, Robinson faces off -- unnecessarily -- against McCallister, and things get, as they usually do in melodramas, way out of hand. (There also seems a little something incestuous going on between McCallister's character and his mom, played well by Ona Munson, below. Check out their goodbye kiss, as she leaves him to take off with her new hubby....)
Rory Calhoun as the sort-of-but-not-really bad guy in the mix. Daves directs competently, keeping on track with a tone that moves from the romantic to the mysterious to the slightly noirish. Rózsa's score -- of its time and typically heavy-handed -- still remains fun to hear.
Film Chest remastering into high definition, certainly better than the regular DVD of the film. Both discs come in a single package that retails for a suggested $15.98 and will hit the street this Tuesday, April 24.