Fear in the Night

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Time Out says

A remarkable thriller about a young man's torture by nightmare when he dreams he committed a murder, and then finds himself in possession of tangible evidence proving that somehow, somewhere, he actually did kill. An adaptation of Cornell Woolrich's story Nightmare, it's a real poverty row quickie produced by the Pine-Thomas team. Admirably acted in a raw-boned way, tricked out with a barrage of cheap but surprisingly effective expressionistic tricks, above all using a subjective narration which orchestrates the hero's terrors with Bressonian intensity, it creates (almost by accident, it would seem) a hauntingly exact visualisation of the dark, seedy world of Woolrich's imagination that made him the patron saint of film noir. Shane remade the film in l956 as Nightmare, with twice the budget and half the effect.
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Release details

UK release:

1947

Duration:

72 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Maxwell Shane

Cast:

Kay Scott, Ann Doran, Paul Kelly, DeForest Kelley, Robert Emmett Keane

Music:

Rudy Schrager

Art Director:

F Paul Sylos

Editor:

Howard Smith

Cinematography:

Jack Greenhalgh

Screenwriter:

Maxwell Shane

Producer:

William C Thomas, William H Pine

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