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Fear (1946)

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A medical student--broke, hungry and desperate for money--is hired to murder a loan shark. After the killing he is tormented by guilt over what he's done. A detective, who knows the student... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Peter Cookson ...
Warren William ...
Anne Gwynne ...
Eileen Stevens
Francis Pierlot ...
Prof. Stanley
Nestor Paiva ...
Detective Shaefer
James Cardwell ...
Ben - a Student
Almira Sessions ...
Mrs. Williams - Landlady
William Moss ...
Al
Harry Clay ...
Student
Johnny Strong ...
Student
Ernie Adams ...
House Painter
Charles Calvert ...
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A medical student--broke, hungry and desperate for money--is hired to murder a loan shark. After the killing he is tormented by guilt over what he's done. A detective, who knows the student committed the crime but can't prove it, plays on the young man's guilt in order to get him to confess to the crime. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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2 March 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black Tower  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Re-titled, and edited down to less than thirty minutes, it was sold to television in the early 1950's as part of a syndicated half hour mystery show. See more »

Goofs

After Larry Crain kills the professor, he goes to the door when he hears the two students outside, we see that the chain lock is latched. He then goes back to the desk to retrieve the ash tray and when he goes back to the door to go out, the chain lock is now unlatched. See more »

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Version of Crime and Punishment (1935) See more »

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Better than average Monogram "B", with Langian touches
20 October 2001 | by (Western Pennsylvania, USA) – See all my reviews

Maltin's summary, and his star-and-a-half rating, for this quickie film noir fails to put it in the context of other, far more dismal Monogram productions. "Fear" has lots of interesting camera-pushes, nice use of close-ups, relatively interesting lighting, and a great nightmare montage. Plus, an expressive touch at the moment the key murder takes place (which I won't reveal) is just brilliant. Three things link this film to Fritz Lang's work--the marked coat (from "M") the dream-frame ("The Woman in the Window"), and perhaps most explicitly the palmreading of Larry's hand, revealing an "M", which stands for. . . . [supply your own dramatic music here]. Noir fans should seek this one one out for sure. Others may not be so impressed.


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