Cinema: Children's Hour

THE DEADLY TRAP

Directed by RENÉ CLEMENT Screenplay by SIDNEY BUCHMAN and ELEANOR PERRY

Buried beneath the rubble of what once must have been a plot is a good idea. Two children (Michele Lourie, Patrick Vincent) are trapped in a cavernous old mansion, locked inside an abandoned room by a sinister and anonymous adult captor. A premise like this offers abundant opportunity to explore the fears and phantoms of childhood, perhaps even its pathology, and to investigate the same dark corridors that Richard Hughes probed in his magical novel A High Wind in Jamaica....

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