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Writers:
H.G. Wells (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:
And I thought I might have dreamed up the whole thing! See more (106 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 Renée Gadd)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrick Aherne ... Doctor at Psychiatric Hospital (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)

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Trivia:
US distributors thought that the original print of the film was too long. Therefore, the golfing tale and the Christmas ghost tale were cut. This confused American audiences who could not understand what Michael Allen, from the Christmas ghost tale, was doing in the linking story.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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FAQ

How many stories are in this anthology film?
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31 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
And I thought I might have dreamed up the whole thing!, 11 March 2004
Author: cleda from Pittsburgh

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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