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Nightmare (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 20 August 1956 (Sweden)
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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Rene Bressard
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Stan Grayson
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Gina - Stan's Girl
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Mrs. Sue Bressard
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Deputy Torrence
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Madge Novick
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Meade 'Lux' Lewis ...
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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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The Bressard's new car is a 1956 Dodge Royal. See more »

Goofs

The interior layout of Stan's room in the hotel does not match up with what is seen from the exterior. Where a window should be, there is a door leading to the bathroom that would jut out on the outside of the building. See more »

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Version of Suspense: Nightmare (1950) See more »

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What's Your Sad Story
Words and Music by Richard M. Sherman (as Dick Sherman)
Performed by Connie Russell / Billy May Orchestra
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Something lost in update, improvement on earlier movie
24 September 2001 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

In the late 1940s, director Maxwell Shane made a very low budget psychological thriller called Fear in the Dark -- about a man waking from a nightmare that he's murdered a stranger, only to find it to be true. In 1956, Shane decided to remake it as Nightmare, with a name cast (Kevin McCarthy -- Mary's brother, for the record -- as the luckless dreamer, Edward G. Robinson as his brother-in-law the homicide cop). It's a very close remake, not as pointlessly literal as Gus Van Sant's cloning of Psycho, but with little changed except a better and more integrated jazz score. In sum, Nightmare boasts better acting and better production values, all of which serve to point up the basic cheesiness of the plot. The earlier version, looking a lot like a nightmare itself, lends its own low-rent integrity to Cornell Woolrich's bizarre vision.


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