Supermodel Vicki Lynn, whose face is seen everywhere, is murdered, and ace homicide cop Ed Cornell cuts his vacation short to take the case personally. In flashback we see how Vicki rose from ambitious waitress to big black headlines, courtesy of clever publicity man Steve Christopher. Now Cornell seems determined to get Christopher convicted in what begins to seem like a bizarre personal vendetta. Is Steve caught like a rat in a trap? Written by
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On Vicki's bedroom wall is a print of the painting "Pinkie" by Thomas Lawrence. In 1949 Jeanne Crain (Jill Lynn) starred in the movie Pinky. See more »
Slug me with those, Cornell, and I'll square you off if it takes me the rest of my life.
Lt. Ed Cornell:
You're not gonna have a very long life, Stevie. You're like a rat in a box, without any holes. But they're gonna make a hole for you...six by three, filled with quicklime.
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Why did they remake the forties classic "I Wake Up Screaming"?
This remake of "I Wake Up Screaming" follows the original film fairly closely, but the leads aren't as interesting (in fact, for the most part they are miscast) and the 1940's charm of the original is noticeably missing. Jeanne Crain is adequate in her role, but is nowhere near as believable or as enchanting as Betty Grable was in the first version. Jean Peters definitely isn't the glamor girl type that Carole Landis was and Elliott Reed is certainly no Victor Mature! Aaron Spelling isn't as memorable as Elisha Cook, Jr. was as the desk clerk (although, he is definitely weird and creepy in this film). Richard Boone is okay in the character played by Laird Cregar in the original. The painting of Peters seen during the opening credits of "Vicki" instantly reminds one of the painting of Gene Tierney used during the opening credits of "Laura". Also, the dialog of the film being shown in the all night cinema sequence seems to be from "Laura" (we can hear the films dialog, although we don't see the films images). In conclusion, this version of "I Wake Up Screaming" isn't terrible, but the first version is much better.
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