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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:
Trapped in a Nightmare 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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
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:
Referenced 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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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Trapped in a Nightmare, 1 October 2014
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The architect Walter Craig (Mervyn Johns) drives to a farmhouse in the countryside of London and he is welcomed by the owner, Eliot Foley (Roland Culver), who introduces him the psychiatrist Dr. Van Straaten (Frederick Valk), his friend Joan Cortland (Googie Withers), his young neighbor Sally O'Hara (Sally Ann Howes) and the race car driver Hugh Grainger (Antony Baird). Craig tells that he has the sensation of Déjà vu since he had had a nightmare with them in that house but one lady is missing. However Mrs. Foley (Mary Merrall) arrives completing the characters of his dream.

The skeptical Dr. Van Straaten does not believe in supernatural but the guests tell supernatural events that they have lived. Grainger had a car accident and then a premonition that saved his life; Sally had met a ghost during the Christmas; Eliot and his wife had lived an evil experience with a haunted mirror; two golfers that loved the same woman and decide to dispute her in a game, but one of them dies and haunt the other; and Dr. Van Straaten tells the story of a ventriloquist with double personality that is dominated by his dummy. But when Dr. Van Straaten accidentally breaks his classes and the power goes out, the nightmare begins.

"Dead of Night" is an original horror tale that is certainly the source of inspiration to "The Twilight Zone", "Tales From The Crypt", "Vault of Horror", "Creepshow", "Tales From the Darkside: the Movie" where the screenplay discloses a main story and many segments. The final twist is totally unexpected and a plus in this little great movie. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Na Solidão da Noite" ("In the Solitude of the Night")

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