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I Wake Up Screaming (1941)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 31 October 1941 (USA)
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Why is Inspector Ed Cornell trying to railroad Frankie Christopher for the murder of model Vicky Lynn?

Director:

H. Bruce Humberstone (as Bruce Humberstone)

Writers:

Dwight Taylor (screen play), Steve Fisher (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Betty Grable ... Jill Lynn
Victor Mature ... Frankie Christopher
Carole Landis ... Vicky Lynn
Laird Cregar ... Ed Cornell
William Gargan ... Jerry MacDonald
Alan Mowbray ... Robin Ray
Allyn Joslyn ... Larry Evans
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Harry Williams
Chick Chandler ... Reporter
Cyril Ring ... Reporter
Morris Ankrum ... Asst. District Attorney
Charles Lane ... Keating
Frank Orth ... Cemetery Caretaker
Gregory Gaye ... Headwaiter
May Beatty ... Lady Handel (as Mae Beatty)
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Storyline

Promoter Frankie Christopher, being grilled by police in the murder of model Vicky Lynn, recalls in flashback: First meeting her as a waitress, Frankie decides to parlay her beauty into social acceptance and a lucrative career. He succeeds only too well: she's on the eve of deserting him for Hollywood...when someone kills her. Now Frankie gets the feeling that Inspector Ed Cornell is determined to pin the killing on him and only him. He's right. And the only one he can turn to for help is Jill, the victim's sister, who's been cool toward him... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Three of the most exciting people you ever had in a picture!


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Trivia

When Laird Cregar went on a ride-along with L.A. police during the shoot, he was caught up in a real shooting. Cregar also reported for work shortly after an emergency appendectomy, against his doctor's orders. See more »

Goofs

Both the detective and Christopher pronounce "rodeo" as in "Rodeo Drive" (with the accent on the second syllable) rather than the standard American pronunciation of the sport (with the accent on the first syllable). See more »

Quotes

Robin Ray: [sitting at a bar] Why you ink stinking word slinger!
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Connections

Referenced in Lethal Weapon (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Over the Rainbow
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
[Played as instrumental dance music and as background music throughout the film]
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intriguing ...
25 January 2003 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Despite Victor Mature's claim that he never 'acted' in any of his films, he does well enough here. Full of shadows, sly humour and a storyline which keeps you guessing, plus that wonderful soundtrack (including snatches of Over The Rainbow), this stands as a monument to film noir - Betty Grable could clearly handle a non-musical role, Elisha Cook Jnr displays his twitchy vulnerability as he would in so many 40s thrillers. The real-life early deaths of Landis (playing Vicki here in a manner which reminded me of Vivien Leigh's Blanche Dubois, all flirty giggles) and Cregar (superb here as the corrupt detective gliding and purring in that unusual voice like a huge cat) do affect viewings of this film and give the proceedings a hint of sadness. This aside, there is much to enjoy, particularly in the supporting characters of Mature's actor and columnist friends. One niggle though, given the plot dependence on various people letting themselves into other people's apartments, how come Vicki got herself locked out?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1941 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$462,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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