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Screaming Mimi (1958)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
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Virginia Wilson / Yolanda Lange
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Bill Sweeney
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Joann 'Gypsy' Masters
Harry Townes ...
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)  »

Also Known As:

La locura de Mimí  »

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The Red Norvo Trio (the musicians in Joann's club) is really a quartet. 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.
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Version of The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) See more »

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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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A "missing link"
7 June 2004 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

This film could be considered one of the missing links between American film noir and the suspense and horror films that would become so popular in continental Europe over the next two decades (i.e. the German "krimis", the Italian "gialli", the horror films of Bava and Argento). It's technically a late period film noir, but rather than having the traditional pessimistic tone and hard-boiled, voice-over narrative, it is completely off-the-wall and chock-full of the suggested depravity and lurid psycho-babble that would characterize the later European films. Interestingly, it was apparently based on the same Fredric Brown novel as Dario Argento's "Bird with Crystal Plummage" (although at least one of these movie was obviously only loosely based on the source novel because they don't really resemble each other too much). It also features European sex symbol Anita Ekberg as a voluptuous stripper (who looks like she could eat Edwige Fenech or one of the other later European sex kittens). Rare for the time, it even has a psycho-killer, called "The Ripper", who leaves the epononymous "screaming mimi" dolls next to his/her butchered female victims. Not a great movie perhaps, but I really dug it.


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