Behind the Door

Live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne


Castro Theatre Fri, Jun 3, 2016 9:30 PM
$16 general / $14 member
Film Info
Director:Irvin Willat
Cast:Hobart Bosworth
Jane Novak
Wallace Beery
James Gordon
Richard Wayne
Total Run Time:70 min


Writer Gouverneur Morris’s bizarre tale unfolds in a series of disquieting flashbacks and flash-forwards that serve to continually ratchet up suspense and foreboding. Producer Thomas 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. A review in Motion Picture News hints at the film’s narrative force: “In its slashing boldness, its eloquent daring, its gigantic theme—above all, in its terrific punch—‘Behind the Door’ stands absolutely and unqualifiedly alone!”

The restoration of the recently found Behind the Door was an international project initiated by SFSFF in collaboration with the Library of Congress and Gosfilmofond of Russia.

Live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne

Introduction by Rob Byrne

Co-presented by MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS

ASL interpretation provided