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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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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

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Cincinnati Tuesday 27 December 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11). 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 »

Connections

Version of Crime and Punishment (1917) See more »

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Fear (1946)
3 January 2012 | by MartinTellerSee all my reviews

A desperate student murders a pawnbroker, but is hounded by an odd but persistent detective... and his own conscience. Sound familiar? No attempt is made to credit Dostoyevsky, but the film is quite clearly a modern adaptation of "Crime and Punishment". And for a quickie (just over an hour) B-movie production with a cast of no-name actors, it's not too shabby. The performances aren't great, but I liked Anne Gwynne as the love interest and Warren William as the crafty police chief. Zeisler pulls off a few nice flourishes and delivers a tight little package. The story makes for prime noir material, and is hard to mess up. However, they blew it with a cheap ending. Not just cheap, but woefully predictable. I should research C&P adaptations.... Kaurismaki's is okay, but there ought to be a better one out there.


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