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Nightmare (1956)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  20 August 1956 (Sweden)
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A New Orleans musician has a nightmare about killing a man in a strange house but he suspects that it really happened.

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A musician has a nightmare in which he killed a man. When he wakes up he finds evidence that the crime really took place and tries to find the truth with the help of his brother-in-law who is a police officer. Written by Volker Boehm

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Beware ! These are the eyes of a hypnotist !


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Frank Paul Sylos, who did the art direction, also did the art direction for "Fear in the Night," the original story, "Nightmare," by Cornel Woolrich. See more »

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According to the elevator there are only 15 floors in the hotel, but the shot of the building from outside shows more than fifteen. See more »

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Words and Music by Richard M. Sherman (as Dick Sherman)
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House With Mirrors
20 December 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In the role right before he made a comeback of sorts in The Ten Commandments, Edward G. Robinson stars in Nightmare where he solves both a crime and a particular nightmare that Kevin McCarthy is going through. You see McCarthy thinks he killed and Robinson is a New Orleans homicide detective.

Kevin plays a mean jazz clarinet in Billy May's Orchestra where girlfriend Connie Russell sings. McCarthy who scored with the same kind of role in Invasion Of The Body Snatchers thinks he's killed someone in an old mansion in a room with a lot of mirrors. There's a man and a woman in the same recurring dream.

Like his Body Snatchers part, McCarthy is trapped in a Nightmare and by circumstances he can't control. Of course the very cynical homicide detective Robinson doesn't really believe him, but he's going along for the sake of Virginia Christine, Robinson's wife and McCarthy's sister.

In the end it becomes clear enough though the manipulator of the events is a character introduced after Robinson really begins an investigation.

Nightmare is a decent enough noir thriller, but it really does look shot on the cheap with real New Orleans and country Louisiana locations. Not on the to 10 list of any of the principals.


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