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The Dark Past (1948)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller  |  25 April 1949 (Sweden)
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An escaped psychopathic killer who takes the family and neighbors of police psychologist hostage reveals a recurring nightmare to the doctor.

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Dr. Andrew Collins
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Laura Stevens
Stephen Dunne ...
Owen Talbot
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Berry Kroeger ...
Mike
Steven Geray ...
Prof. Fred Linder
Wilton Graff ...
Frank Stevens
Robert Osterloh ...
Pete
Kathryn Card ...
Nora
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Bobby Collins (as Bobby Hyatt)
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Agnes
Charles Cane ...
Sheriff
Robert Williams ...
Williams (as Robert B. Williams)
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When a detective scoffs at his suggestion that an 18 year-old criminal be referred for psychiatric examination Dr. Andrew Collins, the police psychiatrist, tells him the story of his encounter with Al Walker. Walker had a history of violence and killed the prison warden during an escape. He and his gang took the Collins family and their friends hostage but when Dr. Collins learns that Walker has a violent recurring dream, he offers to help him decipher the dream and determine exactly what has driven him to a life of crime and violence. Written by garykmcd

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SENSATIONAL SUSPENSE DRAMA! (original print media ad - all caps)


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(Western Electric Recording)

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Dr. Andrew Collins: Perhaps the memory that causes your dream has something to do with your family, your mother maybe.
Al Walker: We've been all through that, haven't we? We finished with her!
Dr. Andrew Collins: No, you're not! You'll never be!
Al Walker: But she's dead. She meant nothing to me when she was alive!
Dr. Andrew Collins: She's the only woman you ever really loved. Allthe other women in your life are substitutes for her!
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Interesting film noir
23 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Being a big Bill Holden fan since I was a young woman, I have seen this film many times. I think the psycololical breakdown of the lead character played by Holden was very well done with the usual laid back help from Lee J. Cobb as the psychiatrist being held captive. Cobb is intrigued by Holden's torment and tries to help him, even although he fights the help at first. The dream sequences shown when Holden relates them are well done for the time period of this film. It made a big impression on me when I was young. You have to see this film from a historical perspective, not by today's standards. It was made during a much simpler time.


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