The Strange Door (1951)

35mm film, black and white
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Joseph Pevney.


Directed by: Joseph Pevney
Copyright MCMLI [1951] by Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Universal-International presents a Universal-International picture
Produced by: Ted Richmond
Screenplay by: Jerry Sackheim
Based on Robert Louis Stevenson's story “The Sire de Maletroit's Door”
Director of Photography: Irving Glassberg
Film Editor: Edward Curtiss
Musical Direction: Joseph Gershenson
Sound: Leslie I. Carey, Glenn E. Anderson
Western Electric Recording
Costumes: Rosemary Odell
Make-Up: Bud Westmore
Hair Stylist: Joan St. Oegger
Art Direction: Bernard Herzbrun, Eric Orbom

Charles Laughton (Alain de Maletroit)
Boris Karloff (Voltan)
Sally Forrest (Blanche de Maletroit)
Richard Stapley [real name: Richard Wyler] (Dennis de Beaulieu)
William Cottrell (Corbeau)
Alan Napier (Count Grassan)
Morgan Farley (Renville)
Paul Cavanagh (Edmond de Maletroit)
Michael Pate (Talon)
Charles Horvath [Turec – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

Alan, il conte nero – Italian title
Emmuré vivant – French Belgian title
Hinter den Mauern des Grauens – Austrian/German title
Levend ingemetseld – Flemish Belgian title
Skrækkens borg – Danish title
Suljettu ovi – Finnish title

See also
Sunday Night Theatre: The Sire De Maletroit's Door (1951)



  • Videoscope no.110 (Spring 2019) p.34 – illustrated review (The Phantom's '50s fearfests)


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.100 – illustrated credits, review
  • Boris Karloff: A Critical Account of His Screen, Stage, Radio, Television, and Recording Work by Scott Allen Nollen pp.281-285; 390
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.375
  • The Horror Factory: The Horror Films of Universal 1931-1955 by Bruce Dettman and Michael Bedford p.187 – credits
  • by Walt Lee p.464 – credits
  • Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror by Michael Mallory p.190 – illustrated article, review
  • Universal Terrors 1951-1955: Eight Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Films by Tom Weaver with David Schecter, Robert J. Kiss and Steve Kronenberg pp.3-51 – illustrated credits, synopsis, production notes
  • Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.288-289 – illustrated review (by Tim Wickens)