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I Wake Up Screaming (1941)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 31 October 1941 (USA)
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 by), Steve Fisher (from the novel "I Wake Up Screaming" by)
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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--Florist
Frank Orth ... Cemetery Caretaker
Gregory Gaye ... Headwaiter
May Beatty 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hot Spot See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The writers used the name "Cornell" for the obsessive cop played by Laird Cregar, a tribute to Moir writer Cornell Woolrich. See more »

Goofs

During the nightclub scene, Frankie removes a price tag from Vicky's glove that wasn't in previous shots. See more »

Quotes

Lady Handel: How old are you, anyway?
Robin Ray: That, my dear Lady Handel, is a secret that I keep even from my own mother.
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References Dracula (1931) See more »

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Music by Alfred Newman
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Lurid and Unforgettable
1 January 2006 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

I've seen this many times over the years and never tire of it. The plot is a little bit predictable. But the details are what count.

It's like an Edward Hopper painting with dialogue, motion, and fabulously garish musical effects. Everything about it is seamy. Yes, the creepy plot but what a cast! Victor Mature and Betty Grable: These two were a couple to identify with? Not on a bet. They are as weird as Elisha Cook, always a pleasure to find in a movie, and the similarly excellent and mondo bizarro Laird Craiger. Carole Landis, a very likable performer who met a sad end in real life, was not exactly a wholesome beauty either. A beauty for sure but no sweet little thing.

The rest of the cast is great too. Alan Mowbry is icky in an understated way that is also as glaring as the theatrical lights blaring out the title at its opening.

And -- to be circumspect and give noting away: the shrine. The shrine will wake you up in days and years to come. Screams of horror; screams of laughter; screams of astonished appreciation for this one-of-a-kind cubic zirconium of a rare and unique gem.


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