The Red House (1947)
Mediocre rural gothic melodrama masquerading as noir horror. A deranged man’s terrible secret is hidden in a red house nestled in a dark forest. Edward G. Robinson as the nutter does his best, but the direction by Delmer Daves is uninspired – the pace is meandering and there is never any real tension.
Red Hollywood (1996)
Interesting documentary on films made by Hollywood leftists in the 30s, 40s, and 50s, includes rare interviews with scenarists, directors, and producers. Guys like Paul Jarrico, Alfred Lewis Levitt and Abraham Polonsky. The makers take HUAC at their word and explore many Hollywood movies for ‘subversiveness’ – including a bunch of noirs. There is a confronting leftist critique of Intruder In the Dust (1949), and the back-story on how the big studios connived to bury the independently produced Salt of the Earth (1954) – the only American film to tell the striker’s side of an industrial dispute. There are fascinating clips from movies you will have never heard of and will likely never see. Recommended.