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Strange Illusion (1945)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 31 March 1945 (USA)
Paul, a young man whose father was once lieutenant Governor of California before his untimely death, has a strange, recurring dream in which his mother falls in love with a dangerous man (... See full summary »

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Paul Cartwright (as James Lydon)
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Virginia Cartwright
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Dr. Vincent
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Professor Muhlbach
George Reed ...
Benjamin (as George H. Reed)
Jayne Hazard ...
Dorothy Cartwright
Jimmy Clark ...
George Hanover
Mary McLeod ...
Lydia
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District Attorney Wallace Armstrong
Sonia Sorel ...
Charlotte Farber
Victor Potel ...
Mac - Game Warden (as Vic Potel)
George Sherwood ...
Langdon
Gene Roth ...
Sparky (as Gene Stutenroth)
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Paul, a young man whose father was once lieutenant Governor of California before his untimely death, has a strange, recurring dream in which his mother falls in love with a dangerous man (Brett Curtis), a dream which also contains the image of his father's death in an automobile accident under mysterious circumstances. Through the help of his friend, a psychiatrist, Paul realizes that his dream is coming true, and that his mother is falling under Curtis's influence. Curtis, in fact, is a homicidal maniac who lives as an out-patient at the sanitarium of the unscrupulous Dr. Muhlbach. When Curtis makes an attempt to marry Paul's mother, Paul intervenes, and after a series of events discovers the truth behind his dreams. Written by Wheeler Winston Dixon

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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast occurred Thursday 9 October 1947 in New York City on the DuMont Television Netowork's WABD (Channel 5). See more »

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[first lines]
Paul Cartwright: I'm Paul Cartwright, my father was Judge Albert Cartwright, once lieutenant governor of the state, he was killed two years ago in a mysterious accident. We were not only father and son, but friends. The shock of his violent death still haunts my mind, my nights are troubled by strange dreams.
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Referenced in Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen (2004) See more »

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traditional old mystery with modern undercurrents
25 November 2003 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie despite it's weaknesses, which at times it feels like a "B" movie technically. For example, at one point the main character is watching from the sanitarium window a car exiting the driveway but his head is not following the movement of the car properly which means it was a matte shot and it looks odd. Also the mother sometimes looks the same or younger than her daughter.

However, my interest was held from beginning to the end. I cared enough about the characters to want to see how they came out of it all.

The movie is in the category of a traditional mystery/drama, but the son's obsession with destroying his mother's fiancee gives the film an interesting suggestive undercurrent. Whether this was intentional, or just viewing it from a modern perspective, I can't say.




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