Obsession (1949)

“Hidden LOVE! Hidden HATE! Hidden FEAR!” Billed as a “classic British chiller,” Obsession (AKA The Hidden Room) was directed by Edward Dmytryk and based on Alec Coppel’s suspense play, A Man About a Dog. Shrewd, calculating London psychiatrist “Dr. Clive Riordan” (the great Robert Newton) seeks revenge—after discovering that his shallow, manipulative wife, “Storm” (Sally Gray), is having yet another affair—by locking her latest lover, laid-back American “Bill Kronin” (Phil Brown), in a makeshift dungeon. Riordan’s diabolical plan involves eventually killing Kronin and disposing of his body in an acid bath. It’s the perfect crime, or so it seems—but things begin to unravel after Storm’s dog “Monty” goes missing and Superintendent Finsbury (Naunton Wayne) from Scotland Yard gets on the case. Dmytryk later remarked that although Newton was “one of the nicest, most considerate of men when sober” when drunk he was “a holy terror.” Brown portrayed Luke Skywalker’s “Uncle Owen” in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977).

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