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Dead of Night
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Writers:
H.G. Wells (original story) &
E.F. Benson (original story) ...
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Release Date:
15 February 1946 (Finland) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Grandfather of the multi-horror story film genre See more (108 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Mervyn Johns ... Walter Craig
Roland Culver ... Eliot Foley
Mary Merrall ... Mrs Foley

Googie Withers ... Joan Cortland
Frederick Valk ... Dr. Van Straaten
Anthony Baird ... Hugh Grainger (as Antony Baird)

Sally Ann Howes ... 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
Naunton Wayne ... Larry Potter
Peggy Bryan ... Mary Lee
Allan Jeayes ... Maurice Olcott

Michael Redgrave ... Maxwell Frere
Elisabeth Welch ... Beulah
Hartley Power ... Sylvester Kee
Magda Kun ... Mitzi
Garry Marsh ... Harry Parker
Renee Gadd ... Mrs. Craig (as Renèe Gadd)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrick Aherne ... Doctor at Psychiatric Hospital in 'Ventriloquist's Dummy' Segment (uncredited)
Paul Bonifas ... French Nightclub Patron in 'Ventriloquist's Dummy' Segment (uncredited)
Peter Jones ... Fred - Barman in 'Golfing Story' Segment (uncredited)
John McGuire ... Hugo Fitch in 'Ventriloquist's Dummy' Segment (uncredited)

Directed by
Alberto Cavalcanti (segments "Christmas Party" and "The Ventriloquist's Dummy") (as Cavalcanti)
Charles Crichton (segment "Golfing Story")
Basil Dearden (segments "Hearse Driver" and "Linking Narrative")
Robert Hamer (segment "The Haunted Mirror")
 
Writing credits
H.G. Wells (original story) &
E.F. Benson (original story) &
John Baines (original story) &
Angus MacPhail (original story) (as Angus Macphail)

John Baines (screenplay) &
Angus MacPhail (screenplay) (as Angus Macphail)

T.E.B. Clarke (additional dialogue)

John Baines  segments "The Haunted Mirror" and "The Ventriloquist's Dummy" (uncredited)
E.F. Benson  segments "Hearse Driver" and linking narrative (uncredited)
Angus MacPhail  segment "Christmas Party" (uncredited)
H.G. Wells  segment "Golfing Story" (uncredited)

Produced by
Michael Balcon .... producer
Sidney Cole .... associate producer
John Croydon .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Georges Auric (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Stanley Pavey (lighting) (as Stan Pavey)
Douglas Slocombe 
 
Film Editing by
Charles Hasse 
 
Art Direction by
Michael Relph 
 
Costume Design by
Marion Horn (dresses)
Bianca Mosca (dresses)
 
Makeup Department
Tom Shenton .... makeup
 
Production Management
Ronald Brantford .... unit manager
Hal Mason .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rowland Douglas .... assistant director (uncredited)
Norman Hipwell .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Claude Hudson .... third assistant director (uncredited)
P. Potter .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Billy Russell .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Heather Armitage .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Jim Morahan .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Tony Rimmington .... junior draughtsman (uncredited)
Len Wills .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Len Page .... recordist
A.E. Rudolph .... recordist
Eric Williams .... sound supervisor
Nikolai Boulatoff .... boom operator (uncredited)
Mary Habberfield .... dubbing editor (uncredited)
Tom Otter .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Lionel Banes .... special effects (as L. Banes)
Cliff Richardson .... special effects (as C. Richardson)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
H. Julius .... camera operator
Jack Parker .... camera operator
Roy Gough .... still photographer (uncredited)
George Levy .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Maurice Selwyn .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Michael Shepherd .... focus puller (uncredited)
Gerry Turpin .... focus puller (uncredited)
John Winbolt .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Leslie Allen .... assembly cutter (uncredited)
Daphne Heathcote .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Seth Holt .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
E. Leverett .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
F. Thomson .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ernest Irving .... music conductor
Frank Weir .... band leader: Frank Weir and his Sextet
Bruce Campbell .... music arranger: song (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Gwen Bartle .... continuity (uncredited)
M. Hamilton .... assistant continuity (uncredited)
Daphne Heathcote .... continuity (uncredited)
Elaine Schreyeck .... continuity (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
103 min | USA:77 min | Germany:95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the dummy sequence, when sitting and talking with Mr. Kee, the dummy's hand changes position from table to knee.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[Walter Craig drives up to Foley's farmhouse and looks around with an expression part suspicious and part dumbfounded]
Eliot Foley:Ah! Walter Craig?
Walter Craig:How do you do. You're Eliot Foley.
[They shake hands]
Eliot Foley:That's right. So glad you were able to come. Let's have your bag. I'll put the car away afterwards. You know, it struck me, after I'd telephoned you, rather cheek on my part to ask a busy architect like yourself to come down and spend the weekend with a set of complete strangers.
Walter Craig:[to himself] Not complete.
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 one living room. However, we'll go into all that in the morning, shall we?
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Boogie BounceSee more »

FAQ

How many stories are in this anthology film?
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25 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Grandfather of the multi-horror story film genre, 19 May 2002
Author: henrywooten from Washington DC

Dead of Night is one of those movies that actually started a genre. Tame to today's standards many of its short stories can be traced to horror plots today; most notably the ventriloquist dummy come to life (Michael Redgrave sequence). This movie takes horror where it should remain...the suspense film. We can see all the blood and gore today but why do films like The Six Sense (1999) or What Lies Beneath (2000) remain a success? Everyone has their own fears and thoughts of horror; and the thought of that fear and horror adds to the suspense film in all ways more thansay the breed of horror slasher films...probably best portrayed by Psycho, Halloween and the Scream Films. Dead of Night isn't a Hitchcock film but it uses the same actors of his England days and uses the same suspense techniques seen in his tv series. Check this film out and watch it from the perspective of the 1940s viewers eyes and see why it was popular. Also check out Cat People (1942)and M (1931)

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