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I Wake Up Screaming (1941)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  31 October 1941 (USA)
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Why is Inspector Ed Cornell trying to railroad Frankie Christopher for the murder of model Vicky Lynn?

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(as Bruce Humberstone)

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(screen play), (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Jill Lynn
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Frankie Christopher
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Vicky Lynn
Laird Cregar ...
Ed Cornell
William Gargan ...
Jerry MacDonald
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Robin Ray
Allyn Joslyn ...
Larry Evans
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Harry Williams
Chick Chandler ...
Reporter
Cyril Ring ...
Reporter
Morris Ankrum ...
Asst. District Attorney
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Keating, Florist
Frank Orth ...
Caretaker
Gregory Gaye ...
Headwaiter
May Beatty ...
Mrs. Handel (as Mae Beatty)
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Storyline

Promoter Frankie Christopher, being grilled by police in the murder of model Vicky Lynn, recalls in flashback: First meeting her as a waitress, Frankie decides to parlay her beauty into social acceptance and a lucrative career. He succeeds only too well: she's on the eve of deserting him for Hollywood...when someone kills her. Now Frankie gets the feeling that Inspector Ed Cornell is determined to pin the killing on him and only him. He's right. And the only one he can turn to for help is Jill, the victim's sister, who's been cool toward him... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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promoter | police | murder | inspector | model | See more »


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31 October 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hot Spot  »

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Sound Mix:

| (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to the DVD, this film was originally titled "Hot Spot" and a title sequence was shot using this (included on the DVD without music), but subsequently dropped in favor of "I Wake Up Screaming." However, the title "Hot Spot" was retained for its UK release, and British prints incorporate the original title sequence. See more »

Goofs

in the Lido Plunge swimming pool scene Mature is holding cigarette in right hand. Cut to close up, and it's now in his left hand. (He then flicks it away onto the pool deck without hesitation, despite everybody being barefooted.) See more »

Quotes

Ed Cornell: I'll follow you into your grave. I'll write my name on your tombstone.
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Connections

Referenced in Good Dick (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Street Scene
(uncredited)
Music by Alfred Newman
Played over main titles, then heard as background music throughout the movie
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Nobody Wakes Up Screaming In This Film
5 January 2005 | by (Flushing, NY) – See all my reviews

Model Vicky Lynn is found murdered in her apartment and the police question the logical suspect, promoter (and slight love interest) Frankie Christopher who was the primary force who got Vicky her status. Vicky was a waitress in a diner who was noticed by Frankie (and two of his buddies- columnist Larry Evans and ham actor Robin Ray) and given the right contacts in the modeling and ad industry and was set to leave for Hollywood (and dump Frankie in the process) right before she was killed. Jill, Vicky's sister, is also questioned and while she seems to be protecting Frankie for some reason, she claims a large foreboding man was stalking her only to find out it's Ed Cornell, the police inspector, who becomes obsessed with the case and getting Frankie in the electric chair for some strange reason. Jill eventually begins to fall for Frankie and gives him a letter he wrote to Vicky in a fit of anger which Cornell swipes from him, but Jill helps Frankie escape. Frankie now tries to hide himself in New York from the police (especially Cornell) while trying with Jill to uncover Vicky's murderer. Great movie highlighted by the show stealing performance by Cregar (in probably his best role) as the sadistic and crazed Cornell. Mature, Grable, and Landis all give standout performances for their careers in this film as well. Humberstone's directing is the best it ever was with plenty of odd camera angles and surprises which the screenwriters gave plenty of. I still wonder why pieces of Over the Rainbow were used in the score. Great twist ending. Rating, 9.


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