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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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Release Date:

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

Jill's new address is apartment F, but when Cornell visits, the door is clearly marked 3B. See more »

Quotes

Lady Handel: How old are you, anyway?
Robin Ray: That, my dear Lady Handel, is a secret that I keep even from my own mother.
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Connections

Featured in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Over the Rainbow
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Played as instrumental dance music and as background music throughout the film
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Lurid and Unforgettable
1 January 2006 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

I've seen this many times over the years and never tire of it. The plot is a little bit predictable. But the details are what count.

It's like an Edward Hopper painting with dialogue, motion, and fabulously garish musical effects. Everything about it is seamy. Yes, the creepy plot but what a cast! Victor Mature and Betty Grable: These two were a couple to identify with? Not on a bet. They are as weird as Elisha Cook, always a pleasure to find in a movie, and the similarly excellent and mondo bizarro Laird Craiger. Carole Landis, a very likable performer who met a sad end in real life, was not exactly a wholesome beauty either. A beauty for sure but no sweet little thing.

The rest of the cast is great too. Alan Mowbry is icky in an understated way that is also as glaring as the theatrical lights blaring out the title at its opening.

And -- to be circumspect and give noting away: the shrine. The shrine will wake you up in days and years to come. Screams of horror; screams of laughter; screams of astonished appreciation for this one-of-a-kind cubic zirconium of a rare and unique gem.


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