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Fear (1946)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | 2 March 1946 (USA)
A medical student--broke, hungry and desperate for money--is hired to murder a loan shark. After the killing he is tormented by guilt over what he's done. A detective, who knows the student... See full summary »

Director:

Alfred Zeisler

Writers:

Dennis J. Cooper (original screenplay) (as Dennis Cooper), Alfred Zeisler (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Cookson ... Larry Crain
Warren William ... Police Capt. Burke
Anne Gwynne ... Eileen Stevens / Cathy Stevens
James Cardwell ... Ben - a Student
Nestor Paiva ... Detective Shaefer
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Prof. Stanley
William Moss William Moss ... Al
Almira Sessions ... Mrs. Williams - Landlady
Darren McGavin ... Blonde Student
Harry Clay Harry Clay ... Student (as Henry Clay)
Ernie Adams ... House Painter
Johnny Strong Johnny Strong ... Student
Charles Calvert Charles Calvert ... Doc
Fairfax Burger Fairfax Burger ... Magician
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Storyline

A medical student--broke, hungry and desperate for money--is hired to murder a loan shark. After the killing he is tormented by guilt over what he's done. A detective, who knows the student committed the crime but can't prove it, plays on the young man's guilt in order to get him to confess to the crime. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Tower See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV) (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Re-titled, and edited down to less than thirty minutes, after having been previously telecast as a feature film this was re-sold to television in the early 1950's as part of a syndicated half hour mystery show. See more »

Goofs

After Larry Crain kills the professor, he goes to the door when he hears the two students outside, we see that the chain lock is latched. He then goes back to the desk to retrieve the ash tray and when he goes back to the door to go out, the chain lock is now unlatched. See more »

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Version of Crime and Punishment (1998) See more »

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Better than average Monogram "B", with Langian touches
20 October 2001 | by HonusSee all my reviews

Maltin's summary, and his star-and-a-half rating, for this quickie film noir fails to put it in the context of other, far more dismal Monogram productions. "Fear" has lots of interesting camera-pushes, nice use of close-ups, relatively interesting lighting, and a great nightmare montage. Plus, an expressive touch at the moment the key murder takes place (which I won't reveal) is just brilliant. Three things link this film to Fritz Lang's work--the marked coat (from "M") the dream-frame ("The Woman in the Window"), and perhaps most explicitly the palmreading of Larry's hand, revealing an "M", which stands for. . . . [supply your own dramatic music here]. Noir fans should seek this one one out for sure. Others may not be so impressed.


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