Flicker Alley’s BEHIND THE DOOR (1919) Giveaway!

Behind the Door (1919)

One very lucky person is going to win a restored copy of BEHIND THE DOOR (1919) on Blu-ray/DVD from Flicker Alley!

Legendary producer Thomas H. Ince and director Irvin V. Willat made this—“the most outspoken of all the vengeance films” according to film historian Kevin Brownlow—during the period of World War I-inspired American patriotism.

Hobart Bosworth stars as Oscar Krug, a working-class American, who is persecuted for his German ancestry after war is declared. Driven by patriotism, Krug enlists and goes to sea. However, tragedy strikes when his wife (Jane Novak) sneaks aboard his ship and is captured following a German U-boat attack. Krug’s single-minded quest for vengeance against the sadistic German submarine commander (played with villainous fervor by Wallace Beery) leads to the film’s shocking and brutal climax.

This newly restored edition represents the most complete version of the film available since 1919, thanks to the collaboration of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, the Library of Congress, and Gosfilmofond of Russia.

Sourced from the only two known remaining prints and referencing a copy of Willat’s original continuity script, this edition recreates the original colour tinting scheme and features a new score composed and performed by Stephen Horne. Flicker Alley is honored to present Behind the Door on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time ever.

Bonus Materials Include:

  • Russian version of Behind the Door: The re-edited and re-titled version of the film that was distributed in Russia, with musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne
  • Outtakes from Behind the Door: Featuring music composed and performed by Stephen Horne
  • Restoring Irvin Willat’s Behind the Door”: A behind-the-scenes look at the restoration
  • “Kevin Brownlow, Remembering Irvin Willat”: An in-depth interview with renowned historian and honorary Academy Award® winner Kevin Brownlow on the career of director Irvin Willat
  • Slideshow gallery of stills and promotional material from Behind the Door
  • Souvenir Booklet: Featuring rare photographs and essays by film historian Jay Weissburg, film restorer Robert Byrne, and composer Stephen Horne

Behind the Door (1919)

Read Robert M. Fells’ essay In Search of Hobart Bosworth and see the trailer of BEHIND THE DOOR (1919) by clicking here.

One lucky winner will receive a copy of BEHIND THE DOOR (1919) on Dual-Format Blu-ray/DVD from Flicker Alley!  The giveaway is open to residents of U.S./Canada and ends on April 12, 2017. To enter, click here.


  1. Donna

    March 22, 2017 at 11:47 am

    This is such a great film! Looking forward to seeing it again!

  2. Titus

    March 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Will Turner Classic Movies be showing this at some point in the future?

    • Caren Feldman

      March 24, 2017 at 8:47 am

      We have no idea. But if you don’t win, you can purchase a copy from Flicker Alley. You won’t be disappointed!

  3. JoelR

    March 22, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Looks crazy!

  4. David H.

    March 22, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    This looks like a harrowing and emotionally-charged film, which is right up my alley.

  5. Agnes

    March 23, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Looking forward to seeing this one.

    Thanks Flicker Alley

  6. swac

    March 23, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Always great to see a new Beery title! Some great looking extras too.

  7. Ana Roland

    March 23, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    I’ve read so many great comments about this film. I look forward to seeing this one.

  8. Hugo Rios-Cordero

    March 31, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Flicker Alley Rules! I am looking forward to see this DVD.

    • Caren Feldman

      April 7, 2017 at 10:45 am

      It’s a wonderful film! Rather shocking to boot.

  9. David S. Hooker

    April 10, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Can’t believe this film exists! So exciting, can’t wait to see it!

  10. Antony Pearce

    August 5, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    I am delighted that this film has been restored. Can’t wait to see it.

  11. Antony Pearce

    August 5, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Thank you for this marvel.

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