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Dead of Night (1945)

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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 ...
Mrs Foley
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Joan Cortland
Frederick Valk ...
Dr. Van Straaten
Anthony Baird ...
Hugh Grainger (as Antony Baird)
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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
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Storyline

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 <vornoff@sonic.net>

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15 February 1946 (Finland)  »

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A Dança da Morte  »

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Trivia

According to Stephen Bourne's 2005 book "Elisabeth Welch: Soft Lights and Sweet Music," the depiction of Elisabeth Welch's character Beulah was "a breakthrough in the portrayal of black women in films... for the first time in a film, a black woman is portrayed as independent, successful and resourceful. [Welch] played an important part in the development of the plot, and was featured in the film's billing with such eminent players as Michael Redgrave, Googie Withers, Mervyn Johns and Frederick Valk."

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Goofs

As Peter Cortland stands looking into the mirror his wife-to-be has bought him, the stripes on his tie run from his left side, down to his right. A reverse shot shows the stripes on his tie running in the same direction; obviously not a mirror image. See more »

Quotes

[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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Light of Foot
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Music by Carl Latann
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And I thought I might have dreamed up the whole thing!
11 March 2004 | by (Pittsburgh) – See all my reviews

For years I've wondered if I really saw a movie that served as the source for innumerable childhood dreams and fears. I tried telling folks about seeing this British film on TV in the 1960s, but it was so jumbled in my memory that I really couldn't describe it properly. I knew it led to a lifelong dread of ventriloquist dummies, but I couldn't figure out how that tied to an architect at a country house party.

For no apparent reason today I put "ventriloquist movie" into yahoo and skimmed down to Dead of Night - British 1945. At long last I knew that I hadn't imagined the whole thing - and boy am I relieved! I'm also delighted to find that I've been "haunted" by a classic of the genre that has had a big impact on so many others.

I'm looking forward to ordering it and watching it again.


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