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Dementia (1955)

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This film, with no dialogue at all, follows a psychotic young woman's nightmarish experiences through one skid-row night.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Adrienne Barrett ...
The Gamin
Bruno VeSota ...
Rich Man (as Bruno Ve Sota)
Ben Roseman ...
Law Enforcer / Father
Richard Barron ...
Evil One
Ed Hinkle ...
Butler (as Edward Hinkle)
Lucille Rowland ...
Mother (as Lucille Howland)
Jebbie VeSota ...
Flower Girl (as Jebbie Ve Sota)
Faith Parker ...
Nightclub Dancer
Gayne Sullivan ...
Wino
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Himself (as Shorty Rogers and His Giants)
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Storyline

As the narrator invites us to explore the horrors of an insane mind, a young woman wakes from a nightmare in a cheap hotel room. We follow her through the skid-row night and encounters with an abusive husband; a wino; a pimp and the rich man he panders for; a flashback to her traumatic childhood; violence; pursuit through dark streets; dementia. Filmed in film-noir style throughout; only the narrator speaks. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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22 December 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Daughter of Horror  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received scant distribution. It became well known when footage from it was used in the theatre sequence of the highly popular release The Blob (1958). See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide. If you could only wipe out the curse of your guilty past. If you could only become somebody else, before it's too late. Escape... into a world of *your* kind of people.
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Referenced in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Wig Alley
Music by Shorty Rogers
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23 December 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I orginally saw Dementia in 1972 at the Orson Welles Cinema in Cambridge Mass. It was there in error since Coppola's Dementia 13 was on the bill. What a treat. I requested return engagements after that and could find no reference to Dementia for years. Finally, at the library of arts at Lincoln Center in New York I found the history including the alternate title Daughter of Horror. I finally got a copy of the film about 6 years ago. Still one of my favorites. Particularly because of the music and the fabulous singing of Marnie Nixon (voice of Maria in West Side Story and other films. A brilliant film by John Parker - who may actually be Bruno Vesota. Unknown piece of information. He of course is famous for such classics as The Brain Eaters and Attack of the Giant Leeches. Seriously, Dementia is a great movie and displays a sophistication of production that belies its obvious lack of a substantial budget.


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