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Nightmare (1942)

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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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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
Arthur Shields ...
Sergeant
Gavin Muir ...
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
Elspeth Dudgeon ...
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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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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Excellent espionage thriller with fascinating leading lady
31 July 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a splendid early wartime thriller, with the wonderful plot twist that a corpse with a knife in his back is found and disposed of, but then reappears the next day in the same place with another knife in his back. A Nazi spy code-named SI-10 turns out to be identical with the license plate of his Lagonda, in which a secret microphone/speaker is disguised as a dashboard cigarette lighter. This is the only film ever produced by Dwight Taylor, the well known screenwriter who also scripted this. The main appeal of this film however is the powerful presence of the intensely disturbed Diana Barrymore, who combines womanly charm and fascination with a violent streak so terrifying and uncontrollable that it has rarely been encountered so unequivocally on screen. So powerful is this unsettling violence in her nature, that her tragic life story and suicide all too amply confirm that it was not just acting. As an actress, she was a natural. What a pity that she was so self-destructively mixed up, since a major talent was lost to the screen. She could have been the greatest Barrymore of them all if she could have held herself together. Brian Donlevy does very well as the whimsical American who gets mixed up in this story because he has been 'bombed-out' in the London Blitz while dressed in his dinner jacket. There are no gag lines in this script. It is a dark and brooding work, made darker by the London Blackout of course. There are many highly tense moments, and this thriller really works.


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