BEHIND THE DOOR
D.: Irvin Willat. S.: Gouverneur Morris. Sc.: Luther Reed, Ph J.O.Taylor In.: Hobart Bosworth, Jane Novak, James Gordon, J.P.Lockny, Otto Hoffmann, Wallace Beery. P.: Thos H.Ince. (un rullo mancante/one reel missing). 35mm.
“The best way to end war was to make the aggressors pay for it with their own skin, so it had been said. With blood-streaked hand and towel, and holding a razor, the German-American navy captain of Behind the door (December 1919) who had been assaulted in wartime America for his nationality, is seen in his cabin by men on board his ship. They also see the shadow on the wall of the strung-up, captured German U-boat commander. seeking vengeance on the commander for rescue-seizing his wife and abandoning him in a past sea disaster encounter, the captain learns that his wife had been used, given to the crew, and when finished with, flushed out a torpedo tube. His frustrated revenge accomplished, the captains explains to the crew members, ‘I swore I would skin him alive, but he died on me – damn him!’ Gouverneur Morris’ gruesome story had previously appeared in The Saturday Evening Post”. (Craig W.Campbell, Reel America and World War I, McFarland & Co., 1985)