Naval Warfare Movies

Behind the Door

Director: Irvin V. Willat
Starring: Hobart Bosworth, Jane Novak, Wallace Beery

Published: 1919
Country: USA
Keywords: WWI, Feature

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A Merchant Marine captain's new bride is captured and killed by a U-boat crew. Later, the American captain captures the commander of that very U-boat, and exacts bloody vengeance upon him.


This was one of the most gruesome and bizarre of the "atrocity films" which appeared in the United States from approximately 1917 to 1919. The Germans were depicted as committing unspeakable deeds against innocent women and children, and were repaid in a similarly atrocious manner.