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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:
A prime example of a well-made horror-anthology 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:
Revealing mistakes: 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]
[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 A Bit of Scarlet (1997)See more »
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FAQ

How many stories are in this anthology film?
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23 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A prime example of a well-made horror-anthology, 27 July 2006
Author: Camera Obscura from The Dutch Mountains

Anthology n.: a collection of selected literary pieces or passages of works of art or music.

This classic horror-anthology from Britain's Ealing Studios is composed of four separate stories, composed around a group of strangers that is mysteriously gathered at a country estate where each reveals their chilling tale of the supernatural. But even after these frightening tales are told, does one final nightmare await them all?

The horror-anthology has proved a difficult sub-genre, usually made with only limited success, because it's notoriously difficult to get it right. If only one of the stories fails to deliver, the whole piece is dragged down. But this multi-part horror effort from Britain's Ealing Studios still proves to be very effective and justifiably still is one of the most revered and successful horror anthologies ever made. It features appearances by many of the best British actors of it's day, including Mervyn Johns, Ralph Michael, Basil Radford and Michael Redgrave. With four different directors at the helm, not all four segments are equally effective and are quite different in tone, but they are all good in their own right. The standout for me, not judged in terms of the best, but certainly the most frightening story of the four, is "The Ventriloquist Dummy" by Brazilian born Alberto Cavalcanti (he's simply billed as Cavalcanti), the only non-British director involved in DEAD OF NIGHT. Michael Redgrave plays a renowned ventriloquist who descends into an abyss of madness and murder, when his dummy takes on a life of his own. One of the most unsettling stories I've ever seen.

The somewhat less effective (if only slightly) mirror sequence by Robert Hamer shows something very scary can be achieved with very basic means. When Ralph Michael looks in the mirror, to his horror he keeps seeing the reflection of a dark Gothic room lit with candles, completely different from the room he's standing in and slowly, he begins to loose his mind. Ultimately, it is the extremely unsettling music score that makes it work. Basic but very effective.

As with most anthologies, it's difficult to keep track of the main interwoven storyline, because between the different stories we're told, your mind is still very much trying to grasp what you've just seen. This is probably why the genre became increasingly unpopular over the years. With the exception of "The Ventriloquist Dummy", don't expect anything particularly scary, but it did leave me quietly disturbed. The peerless British cast and the witty, slightly old-fashioned tongue-in-cheek dialog makes this very pleasant and appropriately unsettling viewing.

Camera Obscura --- 8/10 --- 10/10 for "The Ventriloquist Dummy"

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