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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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Cast

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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
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Mac - Game Warden (as Vic Potel)
George Sherwood ...
Langdon
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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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31 March 1945 (USA)  »

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First Illusion  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecasts occurred Thursday 9 October 1947 both in New York City on the DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5), and in Washington DC on WTTG (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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Featured in Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen (2004) See more »

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Young man haunted by death of father
4 January 2000 | by (Pasadena, CA) – See all my reviews

This was a good acting role for James Lydon, as a mature young man protecting his mother. But, one wonders, is he too protective?

Paul Cartwright becomes weary when his mother starts dating again, one year after his fathers tragic death. The man is smooth and challenges Paul about his interest in criminology. Paul starts investigating, and comes up with interesting facts about Mr. Curtis. The story is a good one, as we unravel this mystery about the death of Paul's father. Don't miss this.


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