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Behind The Door with live music by Stephen Horne

Irvin V. Willat

We are delighted to welcome musician Stephen Horne to perform live accompaniment for this special screening.

Oscar Krug, an old sea-faring man, returns to his village in Maine after a long absence and reminisces. In a flashback, he's seen as a middle-aged German American, who faces anti-German sentiment when the United States enters World War I. Oscar enlists as a navy captain to prove his loyalty, then secretly marries Alice Morse who follows him on his boat after being thrown out by her father who objects to the marriage. A German submarine sinks their vessel, and Oscar and Alice are the sole survivors.

"Oscar and Alice are the sole survivors."

Days later, a German U-boat appears and takes Alice aboard, but abandons Oscar, who vows revenge after being rescued. A year later Oscar takes Lieutenant Brandt, the U-boat commander, prisoner. When Oscar learns the sad fate of his wife who was brutalized by Germans, he retaliates by killing the man. Back in Maine, the broken old man has a vision of his bride. His soul rises and embraces her.

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