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Dementia -- (1955) Adrienne Barrett, Bruno VeSota, Angelo Rossitto, Narrated by Ed McMahon.  A strange, fascinating film about a wandering girl who falls into a strange series of events.


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Release Date:
22 December 1955 (USA) See more »
Not ONE WORD is spoken on the screen! See more »
This film, with no dialogue at all, follows a psychotic young woman's nightmarish experiences through one skid-row night. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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

Shorty Rogers ... Himself (as Shorty Rogers and His Giants)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Shelley Berman ... Stoned Beatnik (uncredited)
Jonathan Haze ... Character (uncredited)

Ed McMahon ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Angelo Rossitto ... Newsboy (uncredited)

Directed by
John Parker (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Parker  original screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
John Parker .... producer
Ben Roseman .... associate producer
Bruno VeSota .... associate producer
Original Music by
George Antheil 
Cinematography by
William C. Thompson 
Film Editing by
Joseph Gluck 
Production Design by
Ben Roseman 
Sound Department
Buddy Myers .... sound
Michael Pozen .... sound effects editor (as Mike Pozen)
Visual Effects by
Albert Simpson .... special photographic effects
Music Department
Ernest Gold .... musical director
Marni Nixon .... singer: featured voice
Shorty Rogers .... musician: new concepts in modern sounds (as Shorty Rogers and His Giants)
Ernest Gold .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Everett Baker .... technical production associate
Eddie Dutko .... production assistant (as Edward Dutko)
Albert Duval .... technical production associate
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Daughter of Horror" - USA (recut version)
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56 min | USA:61 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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The flower girl was played by Jebbie VeSota. She was married to Bruno VeSota who played the "rich man" and was also the associate producer of this film.See more »
Narrator:The pulse of the neon light like a hammer at your brain: tormenting you, haunting you, forcing you to think, forcing you to remember your guilt, your horror; forcing you to go back, back, back, into the terror that you're trying to forget. Back through the mists of time into the graveyard where your secret lies buried from the world.See more »
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Referenced in American Grindhouse (2010)See more »
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26 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Give it a million dollar budget, and..., 3 January 2005
Author: jnselko from United States

This is one of those (exceptionally) rare very low budget films where you can see clearly that, if the director had had more time and more money, we would be discussing a classic "film".

Better known to buffs of the odd, the obscure, and the strange as "Daughter of Horror", in the tale as told we are witness to the unraveling of a mind. Like "Eraserhead", the best of this sub-genre, it is difficult to tell where the madness starts and where reality ends- or, indeed, if any of what we see on screen is real at all. It is hard to get any sense of what is occurring from the Gamine's point of view. Are the events happening to her? Is she dreaming? Hallucinating? The viewer (or, at least this viewer) is always a little off balance while watching this movie, and I think that that is what the director was aiming at.

I would go so far as to say that, within the budgetary constraints imposed, this movie is a masterpiece. As stated in the synopsis, this is a dark movie with no sympathetic characters, no attractive locales, no hope. Were it just a Film Noire murder story, it would still be a very good movie. As a descent into madness, it excels.

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