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Fear in the Night (1947)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 16 June 1948 (Mexico)
A man dreams he committed murder, then begins to suspect it was real.

Director:

Maxwell Shane

Writers:

Cornell Woolrich (story "Nightmare") (as William Irish), Maxwell Shane (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Kelly ... Cliff Herlihy
DeForest Kelley ... Vince Grayson
Ann Doran ... Lil Herlihy
Kay Scott ... Betty Winters
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Captain Warner
Robert Emmett Keane ... Lewis Belknap, aka Harry Byrd
Jeff York ... Deputy Torrence (as Jeff Yorke)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joey Ray Joey Ray ... Contractor (scenes deleted)
Loyette Thomson Loyette Thomson ... Waitress (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Bank teller Vince Grayson wakes from a nightmare in which he and an unknown woman murdered a man in a strange, mirrored room. Only a dream...but Vince finds that he has physical objects and bruises from his "dream." His cop brother-in-law dismisses his story...until the family, on a picnic, takes shelter from a thunderstorm in a deserted mansion containing that mirrored room. Is doom closing in on Vince? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Can a man commit MURDER in a dream?...Here is the spine-tingling, blood-freezing answer...different from any mystery you've ever seen!...(original ad) See more »


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Trivia

DeForest Kelley's debut cinematic appearance. See more »

Goofs

When Vince Grayson is ordered by Belknap to write his suicide note, he misspells Belknap as "Belnap", leaving out the "k". See more »

Quotes

Vince Grayson: I've got an honest man's conscience... in a murderer's body.
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Decent film Noir with Modest Budget
22 September 2011 | by ThreeGuysOneMovieSee all my reviews

OK, this is a little film noir from 1947. You can stream this one for free on Netflix or for free at Archive.org. Fear in the Night is about a man (Vince) who has a terrible nightmare in which, he kills a man in a strange mirrored room.

When he wakes up he discovers that he has blood on his wrist on bruises on his neck just like in his dream. Slowly Vince begins to realize that he may have actually committed the murder that he dreamed about. In a panic Vince enlists the aid of his brother in law Cliff and the two of them try to figure out what happened before Vince is arrested for murder.

You can tell right away that this was made on a modest budget and some of the acting is pretty atrocious but, it's an interesting crime drama and was an enjoyable watch.

This movie was re-made with the same director in 1956 with Edward G. Robinson. This time it was called Nightmare.

This is the feature film debut of DeForest Kelley who later went on to play "Bones" on Star Trek.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1948 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

And So Scared to Death See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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