MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,697 this week

Strange Illusion (1945)

6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 516 users  
Reviews: 23 user | 18 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (original story)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

with Prime Instant Video + 1 more

Editors' Spotlight

Venice Film Festival

See the latest from the 2014 Venice Film Festival


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 751 titles
created 30 Jun 2012
 
a list of 125 titles
created 10 Mar 2013
 
a list of 8495 titles
created 25 Mar 2013
 
a list of 1975 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 644 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Strange Illusion (1945)

Strange Illusion (1945) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Strange Illusion.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Film-Noir | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A veteran homicide detective who has witnessed his socialite girlfriend kill her husband sees his inexperienced brother assigned to the case.

Director: Felix E. Feist
Stars: Lee J. Cobb, Jane Wyatt, John Dall
Detour (1945)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Chance events trap hitch-hiker Al Roberts in a tightening net of film noir trouble.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake
Certificate: Passed Film-Noir | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Frank Johnson flees police after becoming an eyewitness to murder. He is pursued around scenic San Francisco by his wife, a reporter, the police, and... the real murderer.

Director: Norman Foster
Stars: Ann Sheridan, Dennis O'Keefe, Robert Keith
Certificate: Passed Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Julie Bronson (Jean Parker), whose father, "Pop" Bronson (Emmett Lynn) operates a desert café, is attracting the unwanted attention of a half-crazed gangster known as The Ghost (Ricardo ... See full summary »

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Ricardo Cortez, Jean Parker, Emmett Lynn
Crime | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

A crazed scientist invents an invisibility formula. He plans to use the formula to create an army of invisible zombies.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Marguerite Chapman, Douglas Kennedy, James Griffith
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Flamarion, expert marksman, is entertaining people in a show which features Connie, beautiful woman and her husband Al. Flamarion and Connie fall in love and decide to get rid of the ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: Erich von Stroheim, Mary Beth Hughes, Dan Duryea
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

When a teacher loses her job because her brother-in-law is a racketeer, she takes a position at a girls' reformatory.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Arline Judge, Roger Clark, Robin Raymond
Trapped (1949)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

U.S. Treasury Department agents go after a ring of counterfeiters.

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Barbara Payton, John Hoyt
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A nerd discovers he's wanted for murder, after escaping death from wreckage plummeting from a skyscraper. Passerby Frank Thompson wakes up in the street, believing it's his lucky day, then ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Hively
Stars: Burgess Meredith, Claire Trevor, Sheldon Leonard
Crime | Film-Noir | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Pursued by the big-time gambler he robbed, John Muller takes a new identity, with ironic results.

Director: Steve Sekely
Stars: Paul Henreid, Joan Bennett, Eduard Franz
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A gang of con artists disguise themselves as clerics in order to pull off a job, but soon find that even pretending to be religious people is having an effect on them.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Dick Haymes, Nina Foch, Roland Young
The Big Bluff (1955)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

When a scheming fortune hunter finds his rich wife is not going to die as expected, he and his lover make other plans to get her millions.

Director: W. Lee Wilder
Stars: John Bromfield, Martha Vickers, Robert Hutton
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Jimmy Lydon ...
Paul Cartwright (as James Lydon)
Warren William ...
Brett Curtis
...
Virginia Cartwright
...
Dr. Vincent
Charles Arnt ...
Professor Muhlbach
George Reed ...
Benjamin (as George H. Reed)
Jayne Hazard ...
Dorothy Cartwright
Jimmy Clark ...
George Hanover
Mary McLeod ...
Lydia
Pierre Watkin ...
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)
John Hamilton ...
Bill Allen
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 March 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

First Illusion  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


6 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Film showing jamerson5
Discuss Strange Illusion (1945) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?