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Cornell Woolrich (novel)
Maxwell Shane (written for the screen by)
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Release Date:
20 August 1956 (Sweden) See more »
A musician has a nightmare in which he killed a man. When he wakes up he finds evidence that the crime... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Edward G. Robinson ... Rene Bressard

Kevin McCarthy ... Stan Grayson

Connie Russell ... Gina - Stan's Girl
Virginia Christine ... Mrs. Sue Bressard

Rhys Williams ... Deputy Torrence
Gage Clarke ... Belknap / Harry Britten
Marian Carr ... Madge Novick
Barry Atwater ... Capt. Warner
Meade 'Lux' Lewis ... Meade
Billy May and His Orchestra ... Themselves (as Billy May and his Orchestra)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Brooks ... Oscar, the Bartender (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Bob Clune (uncredited)

John Mitchum ... Onlooker at Stan's Suicide Attempt (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Nightclub Table Extra (uncredited)
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Directed by
Maxwell Shane 
Writing credits
Cornell Woolrich (novel)

Maxwell Shane (written for the screen by)

Produced by
William H. Pine .... producer
William C. Thomas .... producer
Original Music by
Herschel Burke Gilbert 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc (director of photography)
Film Editing by
George A. Gittens  (as George Gittens)
Art Direction by
Frank Paul Sylos  (as Frank Sylos)
Set Decoration by
Edward G. Boyle  (as Edward Boyle)
Makeup Department
Norman Pringle .... makeup artist
Myrl Stoltz .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert H. Justman .... assistant director (as Robert Justman)
Al Murphy .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound recordist (as Roger Heman)
Jack Solomon .... sound recordist (as Jack Soloman)
Paul Wolfe .... recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Howard A. Anderson .... special photographic effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frank Beetson Jr. .... wardrobe (as Frank Beetson)
Fay Moore .... wardrobe
Music Department
Herschel Burke Gilbert .... musical director
Billy May .... music arranger
Billy May .... vocal arranger
Other crew
Hazel W. Hall .... script supervisor (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Spain:89 min | USA:89 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Continuity: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Version of Fear in the Night (1947)See more »
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6 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
McCarthy Should've Stayed Asleep, 30 April 2003
Author: secragt from United States

Can't agree with the hypesters preceding me who have largely gushed over this one. I found McCarthy curiously hammy and over the top, as if he played the climactic "they're here! they're here!" scene from INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS start to finish in this film. The great Edward G. Robinson seems lost and hazy as the initially dubious but finally accepting cop who ultimately bails out McCarthy. Much of the hypnotism exploitation angle is hopelessly out of date and plays to unintended laughs with the "focus on the watch" chestnut dusted off by the killer on an unwary McCarthy near the end. Police procedure has rarely been as blatantly ignored as when the cop discovers Robinson and murder suspect McCarthy breaking and entering inside the murder house with a totally ridiculous story but within a minute or two not only lets them go but vows to help them when he should be calling for backup and trying to throw a butterfly net over them. Brainiac detectiving by a top cop!

On the plus side, the musical score is creepily woven into the story and the climax in the mirrored room and down by the swamp in the dark does have some goth atmosphere and mood going for it. McCarthy's goodgirl girlfriend is appealing and sympathetic. Unfortunately, there are just too many contrivances in the murder by hypnotism angle and the whole pooling of Robinson and McCarthy's resources comes off as half baked at best. Certainly this is an interesting curio for the cast and the Woolrich source material but it's lesser noir and ultimately more like a weak second feature.

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