(aka "The Human Gorilla" )

 

directed by Oscar 'Budd' Boetticher
USA 1948

 

Before he made a name for himself directing westerns under the first name "Budd," Oscar Boetticher made this nicely smug little film noir about a private investigator (Richard Carlson, later the non-scaly star of The Creature From the Black Lagoon) who checks himself into the shady La Siesta Sanitarium in search of a corrupt judge hiding from the law. Once there his cover is blown and it’s up to the femme fatale who sent him there (Lucille Bremer) and a punch-drunk inmate (Tor Johnson, who later achieved immortality via Plan 9 From Outer Space) to save his bacon. Presaging Sam Fuller’s Shock Corridor, the film often plays mental illness for laughs but gets genuinely creepy when the doctors conspire to make the shamus a permanent resident. Snappy dialogue, the requisite black and white chiaroscuro (in a fine Kino Video transfer) and the pleasant sixty-two-minute running time make Behind Locked Doors a valuable addition to anyone’s noir library.

Excerpt from Eddie Cockrell's review at Nitrate Online located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 3 September 1948

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DVD Review: Kino - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Distribution

Kino

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:01:24
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.67 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Kino

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: July 18, 2000
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Chapters 12

 

Comments The 2000 DVD features non-progressive transfer, but the image very good. The sound is fine as well. The film is also available in a triple feature DVD with 2 horror titles as The Human Gorilla from Navarre, but the quality is most likely not going to be as good. At only 62 minutes, the film is very short, but wraps up the plot nicely and doesn't have Tor Johnson holding Lucille Bremer in his arms like the publicity material (and DVD cover) suggest.

 - Gregory Meshman

 

 



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DVD Box Cover

CLICK to order from:

For an extensive savings Kino are offering the 5-disc Film Noir - The Dark Side of Hollywood boxset with Sudden Fear / The Long Night / Hangmen Also Die / Railroaded and Behind Locked Doors coming out September 12th, 2006.

             

Distribution

Kino

Region 0 - NTSC





 

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