Sunday, September 6, 2020
Watch Party Watch: The Red House (1947)
Format: Amazon Watch Party
Director: Delmer Daves
In a lot of ways, I'd categorize The Red House as "American Gothic". The story has DNA in Jane Eyre and other books about recluses living with a mystery.
The film stars Edward G. Robinson as a a farmer who keeps mostly to himself (he cohabitates with a niece and his sister, played by Judith Anderson of Rebecca fame). His niece brings a classmate over to see if he can work the farm to assist Robinson, who is aging and can't do what he used to, especially as he has an artificial leg. The teen is warned to stay away from some woods near the house, and not cut through them for an obvious shortcut.
In general - I liked the film. It's got a sort of twisty mystery, and at least the female heroine was likable (jury is out on the male lead). Robinson and Anderson are terrific, and Rory Calhoun is a lot of fun as a dick-swinging country boy after the male lead's girl (played by chanteuse Julie London, who seems like 10x too much woman for the male lead).
Glad Jenifer chose it because I might have easily missed this one.