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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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| (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Immediately before shooting, a bottle of silver nitrate was accidentally spilled onto Carole Landis' lips by her dentist. As a result, her lips were blue for more than three weeks, posing an added challenge for the makeup crew. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Robin Ray: Women are all alike!
Larry Evans: For Pete's sake, what difference does that make? You've got to have them, they're standard equipment.
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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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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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