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Writers:
Dwight Taylor (screen play)
Steve Fisher (novel)
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Release Date:
31 October 1941 (USA) See more »
Plot:
Why is Inspector Ed Cornell trying to railroad Frankie Christopher for the murder of model Vicky Lynn? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Absorbing, Ambiguous Noir See more (67 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Betty Grable ... Jill Lynn

Victor Mature ... Frankie Christopher

Carole Landis ... Vicky Lynn
Laird Cregar ... Ed Cornell
William Gargan ... Jerry MacDonald

Alan Mowbray ... Robin Ray
Allyn Joslyn ... Larry Evans

Elisha Cook Jr. ... Harry Williams
Chick Chandler ... Reporter
Cyril Ring ... Reporter
Morris Ankrum ... Asst. District Attorney

Charles Lane ... Keating, Florist
Frank Orth ... Caretaker
Gregory Gaye ... Headwaiter
May Beatty ... Mrs. Handel (as Mae Beatty)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brooks Benedict ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Detective (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Detective (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Russ Clark ... Policeman (uncredited)
Stanley Clements ... Newsboy (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Pedestrian Who Buys Newspaper (uncredited)
Bob Cornell ... Reporter (uncredited)
Dorothy Dearing ... Girl at Table (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... Detective (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Detective (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards ... Customer (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Detective (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Lady Handel's Party Guest (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
George Hickman ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Cab Driver (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Pat McKee ... Ozinski - Newsman (uncredited)
Edward McWade ... Old Man at Library (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Philip Morris ... Detective (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Mr. Handel (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ... Man Hosing Sidewalk (uncredited)
Albert Pollet ... Waiter (uncredited)
Dick Rich ... Detective (uncredited)
Tim Ryan ... Detective (uncredited)
Harry Seymour ... Bartender (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Officer Murphy (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... Girl at Table (uncredited)
Basil Walker ... Reporter (uncredited)
Paul Weigel ... Gus, the Delicatessen Proprietor (uncredited)
Cecil Weston ... Police Matron (uncredited)

Directed by
H. Bruce Humberstone  (as Bruce Humberstone)
 
Writing credits
Dwight Taylor (screen play)

Steve Fisher (novel "I Wake Up Screaming")

Produced by
Milton Sperling .... producer
 
Original Music by
Cyril J. Mockridge (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Edward Cronjager (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert L. Simpson  (as Robert Simpson)
 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Nathan Juran 
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
 
Costume Design by
Gwen Wakeling 
 
Makeup Department
Guy Pearce .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
William Koenig .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ad Schaumer .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
 
Music Department
Cyril J. Mockridge .... musical director
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Arthur Berthelet .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Frank L. James .... technical advisor (uncredited)
George Wright .... dialogue director (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hot Spot" - UK, USA (working title)
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Runtime:
82 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #7647)

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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:
Continuity: Jill's new address is apartment F, but when Cornell visits, the door is clearly marked 3B.See more »
Quotes:
Ed Cornell:I'll follow you into your grave. I'll write my name on your tombstone.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Good Dick (2008)See more »
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35 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Absorbing, Ambiguous Noir, 28 January 2004
Author: Kalaman from Ottawa

Evocatively directed by Bruce Humberstone, this absorbing early film noir contains a surface sheen, polished elegance, and haunting ambiguity that anticipate similar noirs by Otto Preminger. Its cast of unusual actors and all-time greats is uniformly excellent. Betty Grable is quite revealing and capable of expressing a genuine human emotion in the rare dramatic role of Jill Lynn, the sister of the slain victim Vicky (Carole Landis). Victor Mature looks suitable for his part. Laird Cregar (who would later play the Devil in Lubitsch's "Heaven Can Wait") may be the most memorable character in the film; he is truly scary as the corrupt detective investigating the murder case. Director Humberstone's way of handling the two disjointed flashback structures in the beginning, narrated by Mature & Grable in their two separate rooms is quite intriguing and masterful. The film has a way of surprising us with its captivating twists and revelations, never failing to arouse the viewer's imagination. One of the most enjoyable noirs of the 40s.

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