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Nightmare (1942)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 13 November 1942 (USA)
An ex-gambler helps a beautiful widow, and becomes involved with a murder, secret agents, and saboteurs.

Director:

Tim Whelan

Writers:

Dwight Taylor (screenplay), Philip MacDonald (based on a story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diana Barrymore ... Leslie Stafford aka Butch
Brian Donlevy ... Daniel Shane
Henry Daniell ... Capt. Stafford
Eustace Wyatt ... Angus - Innkeeper
Arthur Shields ... Sergeant
Gavin Muir ... J.B. Abbington
Stanley Logan Stanley Logan ... Inspector Robbins
Ian Wolfe ... James - Abbington's Butler
Hans Conried ... Hans - Nazi Agent
John Abbott ... Karl aka Charles
David Clyde ... Jock
Elspeth Dudgeon ... Angus' Wife
Harold De Becker Harold De Becker ... Jeff Hawkins - London Cabby
Ivan F. Simpson ... Arnold - Money Changer
Keith Hitchcock Keith Hitchcock ... London Bobby
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Storyline

An ex-gambler helps a beautiful widow, and becomes involved with a murder, secret agents, and saboteurs.

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The Door Swung Open - and THERE WAS THIS THING AGAIN...with the knife in its neck again...and here was this man...the man she had given her terrified trust...who had hidden that body not an hour before...and she was his prisoner again...and his arms were around her again...(original poster)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pesadelo See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Part of the Shock Theater package of 52 Universal titles released to television in 1957, followed a year later with SON OF SHOCK, which added 20 more features. See more »

Quotes

Daniel Shane: [to Leslie Stafford] You've got a Tiffany front but a hock-shop in back - I can see through you like cellophane.
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Are you a burglar?
10 November 2015 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Brian Donlevy (Daniel) breaks into a stranger's house for a meal during a blackout. That stranger is Diana Barrymore (Leslie) and when she stumbles across him sitting down eating a meal in her kitchen, she asks if he is a burglar. His answer – "I might be". This guy is one cool customer. He has even taken his jacket off and hung it up. However, he is lured into a Nazi plot once he agrees to help Diana get rid of a body that she has upstairs. The film plays out as a Hitchcock-like spy thriller with a cast of familiar faces.

I enjoyed this film. It started off as a potentially spooky nightmare film and I had no idea where it was going, especially once Diana reveals her second discovery to Donlevy. Woah! The film keeps you watching as it keeps flowing and the lead actors are both likable. Donlevy provides the film with a funny ending. We all want to know what's in that bottle. Ha ha.

Back to the film's beginning. I had a friend who once walked into a stranger's house and helped himself to breakfast. When the resident girl came down to breakfast and got a surprise, she called her mother downstairs and they all introduced themselves. It was in the countryside and he'd got the wrong house. My friend then decided that he fancied the mum and started to peel potatoes for her with the ultimate aim of pinching her bottom. Donlevy has that same kind of cheek when it's meal-time. So, remember to hang your jacket up when you next sit down for a meal.


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