Behind the Door (film)

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Behind the Door
Behindthedoor-1920-newspaperad.jpg
Newspaper advertisement
Directed by Irvin Willat
Produced by Thomas H. Ince
Written by Luther Reed (scenario)
Based on "Behind the Door"
by Gouverneur Morris
Starring Hobart Bosworth
Jane Novak
Wallace Beery
Cinematography J. O. Taylor
Frank M. Blount
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • December 14, 1919 (1919-12-14)
Running time
70 minutes; 7 reels
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Behind the Door is a surviving 1919 silent war drama film produced by Thomas Ince, directed by Irvin Willat and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The picture is a starring vehicle for veteran actor Hobart Bosworth. The film's source is a short story by Gouverneur Morris, "Behind the Door". The film is extant at the Library of Congress and the Gosfilmofond Russian State Archive.[1][2][3][4] The supporting cast features Jane Novak and Wallace Beery.

Plot[edit]

As described in a film magazine,[5] Oscar Krug (Bosworth) is looked upon with suspicion by his neighbors because of his name. When the United States is drawn into the war with Germany, a group of citizens attack Krug. They are met with strong opposition from Krug and decide to leave him alone. Bill Tavish, his greatest opponent, becomes his closest friend and they travel the seas together as captain and first mate. Krug marries Alice Morse against her family wishes, and, when the family finds out, she is driven from the home, so she stays on her husband's ship. During a submarine attack Alice is snatched from Krug's side by a German officer. Krug now lives to revenge himself on the captain of the German submarine, and when the opportunity presents itself, he wreaks a terrible vengeance upon him.

Cast[edit]

Still from the Behind the Door with German U-boat commander Lieutenant Brandt (played by Wallace Beery) is being throttled by American Merchant Marine Captain Oscar Krug (Hobart Bosworth).

Home media release[edit]

Flicker Alley has released a Blu-ray/DVD restored edition on April 4, 2017.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Behind the Door at silentera.com
  2. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20 by The American Film Institute, c.1988
  3. ^ Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress page 14 by The American Film Institute, c. 1978
  4. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Behind the Door
  5. ^ "Reviews: Behind the Door". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 9 (27): 117–18. December 27, 1919. 

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