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Screaming Mimi (1958)

Exotic dancer Virginia Wilson sees a man get shot moments after he tries to knife her in a shower, so she goes to Dr. Greenwood a psychiatrist for therapy. He falls in love with her and ... See full summary »

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Virginia Wilson / Yolanda Lange
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Bill Sweeney
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Joann 'Gypsy' Masters
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Dr. Greenwood / Bill Green
Linda Cherney ...
Ketti
Romney Brent ...
Charlie Weston
Red Norvo ...
Red Yost
Red Norvo Trio ...
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Alan Gifford ...
Capt. Bline
Oliver McGowan ...
Walter Krieg
Stephen Ellsworth ...
Dr. Joseph Robinson
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Raoul Reynarde
Frank J. Scannell ...
Paul, the Bartender
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Exotic dancer Virginia Wilson sees a man get shot moments after he tries to knife her in a shower, so she goes to Dr. Greenwood a psychiatrist for therapy. He falls in love with her and takes over her life, although she insists on continuing her career at the El Madhouse nightclub. The club's tough owner is none other than Gypsy Rose Lee who plays 'Gypsy' and sings an incredibly bad song ("Put the Blame on Mame") when Virginia is late one night. The traumatized Virginia is suspected of a series of murders. Each victim had purchased a contorted sculpture of a woman called the Screaming Mimi, which was created by her step-brother Charlie who was also responsible for shooting her attacker. It's up to a handsome columnist Bill Sweeny to figure it all out. Written by alfiehitchie

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8 August 1958 (Finland)  »

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La locura de Mimí  »

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A large part of the score, including the main title theme, is from Leonard Bernstein's score to On the Waterfront (1954). See more »

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Bill Sweeney: How tall are you, Yolanda?
Virginia Wilson aka Yolanda Lange: With heels or without?
Bill Sweeney: With anyone. Me, for instance.
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Put the Blame on Mame
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Written by Doris Fisher and Allan Roberts
Sung by Gypsy Rose Lee
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Devil or Angel
12 September 2004 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

****SPOILERS***** Somewhat confusing psychological thriller set in and around Laguna Beach California. With the voluptuous and beautiful Anita Ekberg as the haunted and troubled Virginia Wilson AKA Yolanda the exotic dancer. Virgina was committed to the Highland Sanitarium due to the shock and trauma that she suffered after she was attacked in a Laguna Beach out-door shower by and escaped knife-wielding maniac who was shot and killed by her step-brother Charlie, Romney Brent.

Virginia's psychiatrist at the sanitarium Dr. Greenwood, Harry Townes, realized that she was hopelessly insane but at the same time fell madly in love with her. Dr. Greenwood did his best to get Virginia out into the free world by faking a death certificate with her name on it. Outside and with a new name "Yolanda" and working at the El Madhouse nightclub run by Joann " Gypsy", Gypsy Rose Lee, she was the biggest and hottest hit in town. Doing a dance number with a skimpy outfit on that was nothing more then a display of her God-given natural attributes filled the place to capacity every night that Yolanda was on the stage.

One night going home Yolanda was attacked by a slasher who cut her in the side but was chased away by her pet dog "Devil" a giant Great Dame. It turned that the slasher who attacked Yolanda struck a month before killing a co-worker of Yolanda's at the El Madhouse nightclub dancer Lola Lane. Also found at the crime scene where Yolanda was slashed was a statue of a woman called "The Screaming Mimi".

Dr. Greenwood now calling himself Mr.Green is very concerned about Yolanda and feels that she may become a mental case again and need to be institutionalized. Even though she was not supposed to be out of the Highland Sanitarium in the first place. Mr. Green sees what a mistake he made to get Yolanda out and as much as he tries to get her help on his own and as much he cares and loves her in the end it would cost Mr. Green his life for that fatal misjudgment on his part.

News reporter Bill Sweeney, Philip Carey, who's put on the story of the "Night Slasher" also falls in love with Yolanda but soon sees that there's something wrong with her and that statue "The Screaming Mimi" was also found at the site of the murder of dancer Lola Lane. Swenney tracks down what that statue is all about it leads him straight to Laguna Beach. It's there where he finds out that it was non other then Yolanda who posed for the sculpture who made "The Screaming Mimi" and he was Yolanda's step-brother Charlie.

Pre Psycho-like thriller that has it's good and bad points with the best thing going for it is it's star Anita Ekberg. Miss.Ekberg with her goddess-like body and eye popping measurements or vital statistics of 39-22-36 made it impossible to keep your eyes off the screen even for a second whenever she was on it. It's really hard to judge Anita Ekberg's acting in the movie since her acting is the last thing your interested in.

With reporter Sweeney finding the out secret of "The Screaming Mimi" it's only a matter of time for the truth to come out about Yolanda as well as her lover and the former Dr. Greenwood AKA Mr. Green. It's that truth about Yolanda that will give the movie it's surprising and shocking ending.

The movie was a bit contrived but the acting was more the adequate with excellent black and white film-Noir photography. But by far it was Anita Ekberg that really made "The Screaming Mimi" well worth your time, as well as your libido, watching the film.


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