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Fear in the Night (1947)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 16 June 1948 (Mexico)
A man dreams he committed murder, then begins to suspect it was real.

Director:

Maxwell Shane

Writers:

Cornell Woolrich (story "Nightmare") (as William Irish), Maxwell Shane (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Kelly ... Cliff Herlihy
DeForest Kelley ... Vince Grayson
Ann Doran ... Lil Herlihy
Kay Scott Kay Scott ... Betty Winters
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Captain Warner
Robert Emmett Keane ... Lewis Belknap, aka Harry Byrd
Jeff York ... Deputy Torrence (as Jeff Yorke)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joey Ray Joey Ray ... Contractor (scenes deleted)
Loyette Thomson Loyette Thomson ... Waitress (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Bank teller Vince Grayson wakes from a nightmare in which he and an unknown woman murdered a man in a strange, mirrored room. Only a dream...but Vince finds that he has physical objects and bruises from his "dream." His cop brother-in-law dismisses his story...until the family, on a picnic, takes shelter from a thunderstorm in a deserted mansion containing that mirrored room. Is doom closing in on Vince? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

:Last night I dreamed I KILLED a man!...I DIDN'T WANT TO DO IT, BUT...MY BRAIN WAS HANDCUFFED! (original ad) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1948 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

And So Scared to Death See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Frank Paul Sylos, who did the art direction for "Fear in the Night", also handled the art direction for its remake, "Nightmare" in 1956. See more »

Goofs

When Cliff runs out of the hotel onto the sidewalk and looks up to see Vince about to jump from the window, the sidewalk is wet, having just rained. But when he quickly runs back into the hotel to save Vince, it's dry. See more »

Quotes

Vince Grayson: I've got an honest man's conscience... in a murderer's body.
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Connections

Version of Suspense: Nightmare (1950) See more »

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great example of what can be done in cinema with just a bit of imagination and a decent story

Very decent noir thriller that is just that little bit different. Difficult to describe without giving everything away and I have to say that at a certain point about two thirds into the movie, I guessed what was going on. I doubt views in the 40s did though and this remains a most unusual movie with some very real scary moments. Not a lot or tearaway action but plenty of mind games and surreal goings on. The opening is spellbinding and an absolute thrill, the acting with DeForest Kelley and Paul Kelly is fine, even if the latter struggles now and again in what is a very difficult role. Clearly made for nothing, written and directed by Shane, this is a great example of what can be done in cinema with just a bit of imagination and a decent story.


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