MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 8,953 this week

Screaming Mimi (1958)

5.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 292 users  
Reviews: 21 user | 15 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 44 titles
created 26 Apr 2011
 
a list of 889 titles
created 16 Jan 2012
 
a list of 455 titles
created 01 Jan 2013
 
a list of 2048 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 50 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Screaming Mimi" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Screaming Mimi (1958)

Screaming Mimi (1958) on IMDb 5.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Screaming Mimi.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A bookkeeper for a jeweler steals a priceless jewel and flees across Europe. A detective tracking her across the continent soon discovers that he's not the only one looking for her and ... See full summary »

Director: John Gilling
Stars: Jack Palance, Anita Ekberg, Nigel Patrick
The Mongols (1961)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Genghis Khan and his Mongol army invade Poland and lay siege to the city of Cracow. The Polish king tries to make peace in order to save his city, and Genghis Khan seems amenable to that. ... See full summary »

Directors: André De Toth, Leopoldo Savona, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Jack Palance, Anita Ekberg, Antonella Lualdi
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A party girl is murdered, and everyone at a Utah motel is a suspect.

Director: Howard W. Koch
Stars: Lex Barker, Anne Bancroft, Mamie Van Doren
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Kathy leaves the newspaper business to marry homicide detective Bill but is frustrated by his lack of ambition and the banality of life in the suburbs. Her drive to advance Bill's career soon takes her down a dangerous path.

Director: Gerd Oswald
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden, Raymond Burr
Brainwashed (1960)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In 1938 Austria shortly after the Nazi occupation, a prominent Viennese intellectual, Werner von Basil, is arrested for smuggling art treatures out of the country and imprisoned by the ... See full summary »

Director: Gerd Oswald
Stars: Curd Jürgens, Claire Bloom, Hansjörg Felmy
Thriller | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Director: Ferdinando Merighi
Stars: Anita Ekberg, Rosalba Neri, Evelyne Kraft
Zarak (1956)
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

An Afghan Outlaw finally saves a British Officer at the cost of his own life.

Director: Terence Young
Stars: Victor Mature, Michael Wilding, Anita Ekberg
Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A ruthless college student resorts to murder in a futile attempt to marry an heiress.

Director: Gerd Oswald
Stars: Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Virginia Leith
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Director: Luciano Salce
Stars: Michèle Mercier, Nadja Tiller, Elsa Martinelli
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Gerd Oswald
Stars: Mario Adorf, Christian Wolff, Gert Fröbe
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A South American plane loaded with an assortment of characters crash lands in a remote jungle area in the middle of a storm. The passengers then discover they are in an area inhabited by ... See full summary »

Director: John Farrow
Stars: Robert Ryan, Anita Ekberg, Rod Steiger
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Claude is a ruthless and efficient contract killer - until he finds his next target is a woman.

Director: Irving Lerner
Stars: Vince Edwards, Phillip Pine, Herschel Bernardi
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Virginia Wilson / Yolanda Lange
...
Bill Sweeney
...
Joann 'Gypsy' Masters
Harry Townes ...
Dr. Greenwood / Bill Green
Linda Cherney ...
Ketti
Romney Brent ...
Charlie Weston
Red Norvo ...
Red Yost
Red Norvo Trio ...
Themselves
Alan Gifford ...
Capt. Bline
Oliver McGowan ...
Walter Krieg
Stephen Ellsworth ...
Dr. Joseph Robinson
...
Raoul Reynarde
Frank J. Scannell ...
Paul, the Bartender
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Suspense around every curve! See more »


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 August 1958 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

La locura de Mimí  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In 1958, Columbia Pictures distributed this film on a double bill with This Angry Age (1957). See more »

Quotes

Bill Sweeney: How tall are you, Yolanda?
Virginia Wilson aka Yolanda Lange: With heels or without?
Bill Sweeney: With anyone. Me, for instance.
See more »

Connections

Version of The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Genevieve
(uncredited)
Music by Henry Tucker
Lyrics by George Cooper
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Read the book first! (if you can find it)

When I first read Fredric Brown's 1948 novel, I was mesmerized. I have read it a few times since and have no intention of stopping-- it's really one of those forgotten classics of the hardboiled genre. Also being a Fellini fan, I have long been curious to see the film, Anita Ekberg's first starring role, (La Dolce Vita was two years later.) I know that Fellini was a pretty big fan of Brown-- at one point he planned to adapt his sci-fi novel What Mad Universe-- so I'm pretty sure he discovered Ekberg in this film.

Though I think the above reviewer was kind of harsh on Oswald and the cast-- especially Harry Townes, who understates the creepy obsessiveness of Doc Greene very well-- the fact is the movie falls short of the book by a considerable margin. I would put most of the blame on screenwriter Robert Blees, who had previously scripted the giant monster movie The Black Scorpion. But for all its faults (unfortunately, the ending is one of the things they botched) the film has its charms. Not only the cinematography but the music performed by Red Norvo captures the mood of the novel very well. And there are scenes that they actually get right. So I guess it's a love/hate thing for me.

Before I go, one last sidelight. Gypsy Rose Lee, who's featured in Mimi, was an exotic dancer in the forties and wrote one novel, The G-String Murders-- also about a killer who stalks strippers-- which was adapted as Lady of Burlesque, with Barbara Stanwyck.


13 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Wow, what a rack!! bettiegia
Is there a DVD? danlitzinger
soundtrack.... Yemaya2005
Alluring Anita tag65
The Late, Great Linda Cherney R-W-Watkins
Discuss Screaming Mimi (1958) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?