Film Series : UCLA Festival of Preservation 2017

Open Secret

1948, John Reinhardt, USA, 68 min. With John Ireland, Jane Randolph.

Show Times

  • Sat, Oct 14th 4:45pm
  • Mon, Oct 16th 6:00pm

A newlywed couple (Ireland, Randolph) visit one of the husband's army buddies, only to find the man missing and their safety threatened by a sinister organization in search of incriminating photographs. This low-budget noir has more on its mind than shadows and paranoia, injecting its thriller framework with strong doses of social consciousness. Putting a seedy, claustrophobic spin on the exposure of anti-Semitism in the previous year's prestigious CROSSFIRE and GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT, the film also contains an effective, ahead-of-its-time treatment of domestic abuse. Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by The Packard Humanities Institute. 35mm.

Preceded by MOODS OF THE SEA (1941, Slavko Vorkapich and John Hoffman, USA, 10 min.), montage guru Vorkapich's ode to the ocean, accompanied by Mendelssohn's "Fingal's Cave." Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by the National Film Preservation Foundation. Permission courtesy of David Shepard and Blackhawk Film Collection and Lobster Films. 35mm. (MR)

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first UCLA film on any Saturday in October, and get a ticket for the second UCLA film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second film only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)