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Dead of Night (1945)

Approved | | Horror | 15 October 1945 (UK)
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:
Frederick Valk ...
Anthony Baird ...
Hugh Grainger (as Antony Baird)
Robert Wyndham ...
Michael Allan ...
Barbara Leake ...
Ralph Michael ...
Mr. Rutherford - the Antiques Dealer (as Esmé Percy)


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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Au coeur de la nuit  »

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During Sally O'Hara's discussion about the party she attended, she says she met Francis Kent, who her friend says was murdered by his sister Constance in the house in 1860. This was an actual murder that took place in 1860, and the culprit's name was actually Constance Kent. She murdered her brother Francis "Saville" Kent at Road Hill House in 1860. Due to a lack of evidence in the case, she was not arrested and put on trial until 1865. The case garnered national attention in the United Kingdom and was partially responsible for the birth of modern detective techniques and the popularity of detective novels like the Sherlock Holmes series. In 2008, author Kate Summerscale released a book entitled "The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher", about the trial and subsequent lives of the Kent family. There was also a 2011 movie based on the book, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder at Road Hill House (2011). 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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Passing By
(Vous qui Passez sans me Voir)
Music by Johnny Hess and Paul Misraki
French lyrics by Charles Trenet
English lyrics by Jack Lawrence
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2 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

I watched Dead of Night for the first and (unfortunately) for the last time on TV when I was 10 or 11 years old but I still remember it like one of most fearful experience of my life. Later, like a mature person I realized that my fear was nothing but the mirror image of geniality of this movie. The best horror ever made. Without effects, without computers, without trivial editing. Just with immense psychological sophistication. Something what good horror should always be: a kind of social and psychological criticism, story about dark side of our lives and souls. I just cannot find the words to express my respect to this monument. Dead of Night should never be forgotten. Never.

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