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Release Date:
22 December 1955 (USA) See more »
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Not ONE WORD is spoken on the screen! See more »
Plot:
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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Cast

  (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
 
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Also Known As:
"Daughter of Horror" - USA (recut version)
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Runtime:
56 min | USA:61 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
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 »
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.See more »
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Referenced in Daughter of Fear (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
Wig AlleySee more »

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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
AT Last !, 20 November 2000
Author: sirarthurstreebgreebling from London

Finally after a long wait we can see the original version of "Dementia" which was re released two years later as "Daughter of Horror" , cut by two minutes and featured the notoriously bad voice over by the unknown (outside america) Ed McMahon , which was added as the re releasers thought that the public would not understand what was going on , it did the opposite and has unfairly given the film a bad reputation. Since the re release was shown , the film itself has pretty much disappeared and only terrible prints on the 1957 version have been available , giving a brief glimpse of what this film could have been. But now the full version has been released by Kino Films on DVD. The print is stunning (compared to the previously available anything would be preferable), and the restoration of the nightmarish "jazzey" score is fault less. "Dementia" and "Daughter of Horror" (it was given a more salatious title to get audiences in) are both on the disc...with some great extras its worth a look. The story itself is a living/dreaming nightmare , the boundaries are jarred from the first scene as we pan in from the empty street into the apartment window and track up to the bed. The Gammin wakes and looks as if she has just had a bad nightmare , she gets up and walks over to a drawer , opens it and pulls out a switchblade , she looks down and sneers , pockets the knife and goes out into the night. From here on we either know that she it totally insane or that she is out to protect herself or both. We follow her journey into bars and meetings with pimps and flower sellers. I wont tell you anymore about it , otherwise it will spoil the fun of finding out for yourself but this film is a must and belongs on any serious collectors shelf.

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