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Fear in the Night (1947)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  18 April 1947 (USA)
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A man dreams he committed murder, then begins to suspect it was real.

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Vince Grayson
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Kay Scott ...
Betty Winters
Charles Victor ...
Captain Warner
Robert Emmett Keane ...
Lewis Belknap, aka Harry Byrd
Jeff York ...
Deputy Torrence (as Jeff Yorke)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joey Ray ...
Contractor (scenes deleted)
Loyette Thomson ...
Waitress (scenes deleted)
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Bank teller Vince Grayson wakes from a nightmare in which he and an unknown woman murdered a man in a strange, mirrored room. Only a dream...but Vince finds that he has physical objects and bruises from his "dream." His cop brother-in-law dismisses his story...until the family, on a picnic, takes shelter from a thunderstorm in a deserted mansion containing that mirrored room. Is doom closing in on Vince? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Nightmare of Murder...or Dream...or Reality (original 3-sheet poster) See more »


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18 April 1947 (USA)  »

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And So Scared to Death  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Frank Paul Sylos, who did the art direction for "Fear in the Night," also handled the art direction for its remake, "Nightmare" in 1956. See more »

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It is daytime when Vince Grayson (DeForrest Kelly) is about to jump out of his window. When his brother in law goes to save him-it is nighttime. When he is pulled back into the window-it is daytime again See more »

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Such a clumsy film with such inventive great scenes!!
4 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fear in the Night (1947)

This is one surprising film. It's not "great" for several reasons (it's not even very good), but it has great, bizarre, creative, daring aspects for a commercial film. In fact, its brilliance is only the more tragic relative to its drawbacks (a clumsy plot and some mediocre acting, unfortunately). But the special effects, dream sequences, and just plain surreal imagery are all worth the look.

There are a couple of deep flaws in the plot--like a group of four people drive up to a house they've never been to and because it's raining they go inside and make tea and take a nap. And the characters are kind of just going through the motions sometimes to get to the next step. Decidedly low budget. But you know how a low budget can inspire makeshift solutions--here we have room of mirrors, some hypnosis, a murder that the murderer can't remember, crazy dreams, and a brother-in-law who is a tough detective.

The two leads are Paul Kelley (rather good, the strength of the cast) and DeForest Kelley (solid, too, and later to be Dr. McCoy in Star Trek, yes!).


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