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Dead of Night (1945)

Approved | | Horror | 15 October 1945 (UK)
An architect senses impending doom as his half-remembered recurring dream turns into reality. The guests at the country house encourage him to stay as they take turns telling supernatural tales.

Directors:

Alberto Cavalcanti (as Cavalcanti), Charles Crichton | 2 more credits »

Writers:

John Baines (screenplay), Angus MacPhail (screenplay) (as Angus Macphail) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mervyn Johns ... Walter Craig (segment "Linking Story") / (segment "Christmas Party")
Roland Culver ... Eliot Foley (segment "Linking Story")
Mary Merrall ... Mrs. Foley (segment "Linking Story")
Googie Withers ... Joan Cortland (segment "Linking Story") / (segment "The Haunted Mirror")
Frederick Valk Frederick Valk ... Dr. Van Straaten (segment "Linking Story") / (segment "The Ventriloquist's Dummy")
Anthony Baird Anthony Baird ... Hugh Grainger (segment "Linking Story") (as Antony Baird)
Sally Ann Howes ... Sally O'Hara (segment "Linking Story") / (segment "Christmas Party")
Robert Wyndham Robert Wyndham ... Dr. Albury (segment "Linking Story")
Judy Kelly ... Joyce Grainger (segment "Linking Story")
Miles Malleson ... Hearse Driver (segment "Linking Story")
Michael Allan Michael Allan ... Jimmy Watson (segment "Christmas Story")
Barbara Leake Barbara Leake ... Mrs. O'Hara (segment "Linking Story")
Ralph Michael Ralph Michael ... Peter Cortland (segment "The Haunted Mirror")
Esme Percy ... Antique Dealer (segment "The Haunted Mirror") (as Esmé Percy)
Basil Radford ... George Parratt (segment "Golfing Story")
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Storyline

Architect Walter Craig, seeking the possibility of some work at a country farmhouse, soon finds himself once again stuck in his recurring nightmare. Dreading the end of the dream that he knows is coming, he must first listen to all the assembled guests' own bizarre tales. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Even GREATER than "Seventh Veil"

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Horror

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

15 October 1945 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Al morir la noche See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Googie Withers, when interviewed on an Australian TV midday show in the 1980s, revealed that only one take was possible in the mirror smashing scene as Ealing Studios' budget didn't extend to more than one mirror. So she gave it her best shot. See more »

Goofs

As Peter Cortland stands looking into the mirror his wife-to-be has bought him, the stripes on his tie run from his left side, down to his right. A reverse shot shows the stripes on his tie running in the same direction; obviously not a mirror image. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Eliot Foley: Ah! Walter Craig?
Walter Craig: How do you do? You're Eliot Foley.
Eliot Foley: That's right. So glad you were able to come, let's have your bag.
[takes Craig's bag]
Eliot Foley: We'll put the car away afterwards. You know it struck me after I'd telephoned you, rather a cheek on my part asking a busy architect like yourself to come down and spend the weekend with a set of complete strangers.
Walter Craig: Not a bit.
Eliot Foley: You see we're pretty cramped for space here, we need at least two more bedrooms.
Walter Craig: And with only one living room.
Eliot Foley: Yes, only...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The UK release is 105 minutes long and features five episodes. When originally released in the USA, two of the episodes were removed to shorten the film to 77-minutes. Later reissues and television version reinstated the missing segments. See more »


Soundtracks

Light of Foot
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Music by Carl Latann
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And I thought I might have dreamed up the whole thing!
11 March 2004 | by cledaSee all my reviews

For years I've wondered if I really saw a movie that served as the source for innumerable childhood dreams and fears. I tried telling folks about seeing this British film on TV in the 1960s, but it was so jumbled in my memory that I really couldn't describe it properly. I knew it led to a lifelong dread of ventriloquist dummies, but I couldn't figure out how that tied to an architect at a country house party.

For no apparent reason today I put "ventriloquist movie" into yahoo and skimmed down to Dead of Night - British 1945. At long last I knew that I hadn't imagined the whole thing - and boy am I relieved! I'm also delighted to find that I've been "haunted" by a classic of the genre that has had a big impact on so many others.

I'm looking forward to ordering it and watching it again.


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