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Nightmare (1942)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery | 13 November 1942 (USA)
An ex-gambler helps a beautiful widow, and becomes involved with a murder, secret agents, and saboteurs.

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Cast

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Leslie Stafford aka Butch
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Daniel Shane
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Capt. Stafford
Eustace Wyatt ...
Angus - Innkeeper
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Sergeant
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J.B. Abbington
Stanley Logan ...
Inspector Robbins
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James - Abbington's Butler
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Hans - Nazi Agent
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Karl aka Charles
David Clyde ...
Jock
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Angus' Wife
Harold De Becker ...
Jeff Hawkins - London Cabby
Ivan F. Simpson ...
Arnold - Money Changer
Keith Hitchcock ...
London Bobby
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An ex-gambler helps a beautiful widow, and becomes involved with a murder, secret agents, and saboteurs.

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The Door Swung Open - and THERE WAS THIS THING AGAIN...with the knife in its neck again...and here was this man...the man she had given her terrified trust...who had hidden that body not an hour before...and she was his prisoner again...and his arms were around her again...(original poster)

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Crime | Mystery

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13 November 1942 (USA)  »

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Pesadelo  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Part of the Shock Theater package of 52 Universal titles released to television in 1957, followed a year later with SON OF SHOCK, which added 20 more features. See more »

Quotes

Daniel Shane: [to Leslie Stafford] You've got a Tiffany front but a hock-shop in back - I can see through you like cellophane.
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Stumbles into the situation
25 July 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Nightmare is one of those routine noir films with a wartime era plot from Universal that Alfred Hitchcock might have been able to put over. I saw elements of Saboteur, The 39 Steps and the later North By Northwest in the story.

What Nightmare does give us is a chance to look at Diana Barrymore in one of the few films she made. She certainly had the classical training that enabled her to cast as an Englishwoman who has just had her husband murdered. The husband is played by Henry Daniell and sadly he's on ever so briefly.

Daniell is working on discovering a 5th columnist in the wartime United Kingdom and he turns out to be in the family and titled. Brian Donlevy like any Hitchcockian hero sort of stumbles into the situation.

Nightmare is a good, but routine wartime espionage story. It's a no frills product from Universal which would not have afforded those added Hitchcock like touches to make it truly great.


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