OPEN SECRET (1948)
A "lost" film noir, OPEN SECRET teeters between gritty murder mystery and exposé of social injustice. John Ireland and his new bride, Jane Randolph, arrive as houseguests of an old army buddy only to have him turn up missing. As the newlyweds investigate their friend's disappearance, they realize that he and his town are hiding deep-rooted prejudices. Unlike GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT and CROSSFIRE (both released one year earlier), the "open secret" is never mentioned except in a brief shot of the word "Jew" scribbled on a storefront. When their friend is found dead, Ireland and Randolph are themselves thrust into harm's way by accidental possession of evidence that can convict leading townspeople of not only discrimination, but murder. (Note adapted from UCLA Film & Television Archive.) DIR John Reinhardt; SCR Henry Blankfort, Max Wilk; PROD Frank Satenstein. U.S., 1948, b&w, 68 min. NOT RATED
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