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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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31 October 1941 (USA)  »

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| (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Daddy" (music and lyrics by Bobby Troup), plugged by Betty Grable in a store's music department, was cut from the film so that Twentieth Century-Fox could showcase Miss Grable in a fully dramatic role. The shooting script had Betty working as a stenographer instead of plugging songs. As her sole musical moment, Miss Grable hummed a bit of the Tchaikovsky-based ballad, "The Things I Love" (music and lyrics by Harold Barlow and Lewis Harris), during a car ride with Victor Mature and Carole Landis. Most of the ditty would be sung by Miss Landis later in the movie. Footage of Miss Grable performing "Daddy" still exists. See more »

Goofs

When's Vicky Lynn's dead body is on the floor is being examined by Frankie, Jill walks in the room and the camera begins to quickly dolly up, all of a sudden, Vicky starts to quickly roll away as if to get out of the way of the camera path. (They show the same revealing mistake in the movie's trailer.) See more »

Quotes

Ed Cornell: When I get all my evidence together, I'm gonna have you tied up like a pig in a slaughterhouse.
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Over the Rainbow
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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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