Dead of Night (1945)

Approved  |   |  Horror  |  15 October 1945 (UK)
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An architect senses impending doom as his half-remembered recurring dream turns into reality. The guests at the country house encourage him to stay as they take turns telling supernatural tales.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mervyn Johns ...
Roland Culver ...
Mary Merrall ...
Joan Cortland
Frederick Valk ...
Dr. Van Straaten
Anthony Baird ...
Hugh Grainger (as Antony Baird)
Sally O'Hara
Robert Wyndham ...
Dr. Albury
Judy Kelly ...
Joyce Grainger
Miles Malleson ...
Hearse Driver
Michael Allan ...
Jimmy Watson
Barbara Leake ...
Mrs O'Hara
Ralph Michael ...
Peter Cortland
Esme Percy ...
Antiques Dealer (as Esmé Percy)
Basil Radford ...
George Parratt


Architect Walter Craig, seeking the possibility of some work at a country farmhouse, soon finds himself once again stuck in his recurring nightmare. Dreading the end of the dream that he knows is coming, he must first listen to all the assembled guests' own bizarre tales. Written by Doug Sederberg <>

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A Dança da Morte  »

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Cosmolgists Fred Hoyle, Thomas Gold and Hermann Bondi, developed the Steady State theory of the universe, an alternative to the Big Bang, after seeing "Dead of Night". They said that the circular nature of the plot inspired the theory. See more »


During the dummy sequence, when sitting and talking with Mr. Kee, the dummy's hand changes position from table to knee. See more »


[first lines]
Eliot Foley: Ah! Walter Craig?
Walter Craig: How do you do? You're Eliot Foley.
Eliot Foley: That's right. So glad you were able to come, let's have your bag.
[takes Craig's bag]
Eliot Foley: We'll put the car away afterwards. You know it struck me after I'd telephoned you, rather a cheek on my part asking a busy architect like yourself to come down and spend the weekend with a set of complete strangers.
Walter Craig: Not a bit.
Eliot Foley: You see we're pretty cramped for space here, we need at least two more bedrooms.
Walter Craig: And with only one living room.
Eliot Foley: Yes, only...
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Scared me nearly to death as a kid.
12 March 2001 | by (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw Dead of Night when I was ten years old, and the horror stayed with me through most of my teen years. The mini-story about the antique mirror that showed the reflection of a totally different room than the one the man was in, made me afraid to be alone in a room with a mirror. Even to this day, as a grown man, I am a bit uncomfortable if I am alone at night in a room with a big, old mirror. Most of the mini-stories in this movie stayed with me for years, making me shudder whenever I would think about them. It is interesting, too, that the story of the ventriloquist's dummy that "comes to life," an oft-repeated theme in other movies and TV shows, originated with Dead of Night. I did not see the movie again until decades later. I was not as horrified, seeing it as an adult, but certain scenes still made me shudder. The main, underlying, weird idea of the movie, which becomes plain in the closing scene, leaves you with a spooky feeling and this thought: "could something like this be true of my life too?"

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