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Behind the Door1919

  • 3.7
Writer Gouverneur Morris's bizarre tale unfolds in a series of disquieting flashbacks that serve to continually ratchet up suspense and foreboding. Producer Thomas H. Ince and director Irvin Willat showed daring and imagination in their adaptation of the sensational material. U-boat captain Lieutenant Brandt (played with leering savagery by Wallace Beery) commands a barbarous crew of submariners whose atrocities rouse a vengeful hero.

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A fine film of how German identity was once as repelled and divisive as Muslim identity is now. The German-American is forced to prove his valor in WWI and loses a wife, and his mind, to a German submarine captain. Hobart Bosworth's performance is blood-curdling as he confronts the German captain with the truth of his identity, and as he explains to his men what he had done to the captain as punishment for subjecting his wife to brutal gang-rape.