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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 ...
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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[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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Round Robin of Ghost Tales
27 August 2004 | by (Flushing, NY) – See all my reviews

Walter Craig goes away for the weekend to relax to a place suggested by a friend. When he arrives he finds that he's has been to this place before, but in his dreams, and the host, his mother, and the 5 other guests he has also encountered in his dreams (though never in person), but as Craig later puts it, they should be called nightmares. One of the guests, Psychologist Dr. Van Straaten, believes there is a logical explanation for Craig knowing the house and of the guests, but the remaining guests debunk Van Straaten's theory but telling of their supernatural encounters, but Craig later believes the longer he stays at the manor, the greater chance, tragedy will occur. This is the movie that Tales of the Crypt could not ever hope to become. The film starts off slowly (its lone drawback), but as the film progresses, it become more mysterious and eerie. The Hearse Driver segment is wooden, the Christmas party is the weakest, the Haunted Mirror is a great spook tale, and the Golfing Story is a nice humorous change of pace, however the Ventriloquist's Dummy segment, the one the film is known for, is clearly the best of the lot, with Michael Redgrave giving the performance of his life as Frere. Mervyn Johns is very good as the tormented Craig, and the linking narratives are add its own spookiness as well. Great ending. Rating, 10.

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