Dead of Night

Nearly 60 years on, Ealing's compendium of spooky tales remains scary as hell. The best of the five stories, which we see enacted as they're related in turn by guests at a country house, are Cavalcanti's 'The Ventriloquist's Dummy', with Redgrave possessed by his deceptively lifeless little partner, and Hamer's 'The Haunted Mirror', with the splendid Withers a reluctant participant as history repeats itself; least frightening, but amusing, are Radford and Wayne as typically obsessive sporting coves in Crichton's 'Golfing Story'. Best of all, however, is the overall narrative arc, with the framing story finally taking a headlong rush into a nightmarish realm almost surreal in its weird clarity and familiarity.

Release details

Rated: PG
Duration: 102 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Robert Hamer, Basil Dearden, Charles Crichton, Alberto Cavalcanti
Screenwriter: John Baines, Angus Macphail
Cast: Mervyn Johns
Michael Redgrave
Frederick Valk
Googie Withers
Sally Ann Howes
Basil Radford
Naunton Wayne
Roland Culver
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E A Dobson

Most highly recommended,with The Haunted Mirror being my personal favourite of the five stories and Golfing Story not really worthy of being included but it still deserves 5 stars.Also highly recommended from Ealing`s dark side are,Kind Hearts and Coronets & Went the Day Well?.

E A Dobson

Most highly recommended,with The Haunted Mirror being my personal favourite of the five stories and Golfing Story not really worthy of being included but it still deserves 5 stars.Also highly recommended from Ealing`s dark side are,Kind Hearts and Coronets & Went the Day Well?.