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  • Actors: John Ireland, Jane Randolph, Sheldon Leonard, Roman Bohnen, George Tyne
  • Directors: John Reinhardt
  • Writers: Henry Blankfort, John Bright, Max Wilk, Ted Murkland
  • Producers: Frank Satenstein, Harry Brandt, Robert L. Joseph
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2004
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001DMWUM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,183 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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John Alvin, Roman Bohnen. With the help of a photographer, a police officer launches an attack on a vicious anti-Semitic gang engaged in a series of hate crimes. 1948/b&w/70 min/NR.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Bunker VINE VOICE on January 15, 2005
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An interesting little B movie film noir in which John Ireland, visiting an army buddy with his wife, finds himself battling a ruthless neighborhood gang of white supremacists. Notable for its gritty, working-poor setting and lots of dark, expressionist lighting. This work is also an example of how low cost B movies could tackle social issues that the studios of the day would never broach in a big budget release. Well worth the low price!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roger Yepsen on December 16, 2006
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It's too bad the directing of this one weren't as tight as the budget. The film was shot on sets so small that you find yourself wondering how there could be room for the cameras and lights. Assuming they used lights at all-- the sight lines are kept short to avoid having to show anything but the sketchiest details of rooms or city streets. The film's issues of hate crime and anti-semitism require (in the director's mind) that the principals, John Ireland and Jane Randolph, go through the entire sixty-some minutes with furrowed brows. Except for one uncharacteristic scene, that is. In a sunlit apartment, a groggy Ireland manages to nudge the breast of the nurturing Randolph with his head and shoulder. Neither is able to suppress a smile at their antics, and you can imagine the crew having a silent laugh as well. Randolph was made for better scripts and direction, and, not finding them, she quit the biz while still in her twenties, her last film being "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein."
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steven Hellerstedt on August 8, 2005
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A honeymooning couple visit the husband's childhood friend. Sort of. The friend arranges to have the couple `bunk down' with him while they're in town. He asks his landlady to give them a key when they arrive and then walks off into the deep shadows of Anytown, USA. The young innocents are played by John Ireland and Jane Randolph. Their stay in Anytown is extended because... well, er, because.... Now looky here, OPEN SECRET takes its own sweet time - almost thirty of its sixty-eight minutes, by my clock - getting around to telling you what the heck is going on. Letting the suspense build like that works for about ten minutes. If you're like me, the next twenty will be spent with your thumb hovering between the `FF' and the `Eject' buttons on the remote control. The movie plays so cute with its precious `secret' that I'm hesitant to write it down here. However, two big and reputable internet sites spill the beans in their one-paragraph plot summaries, as does the three-paragraph blurb on the dvd jacket. So, I guess it's alright. You see, Anytown's got itself an anti-Semitic hate group that gobbled up the friend and is terrorizing every one of `those' people it comes across. The friend was in possession of incriminating material that, the hate group believes, is still in the apartment the newlyweds are squatting in.

There. I just saved you thirty minutes. I'll save you another forty and advise you to pass this one up. If you aren't familiar with `Gentlemen's Agreement' or `Crossfire' the hollow echoes in this one won't sound, anyway. If you are you'll find OPEN SECRET too coy by half. The story is weak and telling it from the sweet couple's point of view robs whatever edginess might have been squeezed out of things.
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