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Dementia (1955)

Not Rated | | Film-Noir, Horror, Mystery | 22 December 1955 (USA)
This film, with no dialogue at all, follows a psychotic young woman's nightmarish experiences through one skid-row night.

Director:

John Parker (uncredited)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Adrienne Barrett Adrienne Barrett ... The Gamin
Bruno VeSota ... Rich Man (as Bruno Ve Sota)
Ben Roseman Ben Roseman ... Law Enforcer / Father
Richard Barron Richard Barron ... Evil One
Ed Hinkle Ed Hinkle ... Butler (as Edward Hinkle)
Lucille Howland Lucille Howland ... Mother
Jebbie VeSota Jebbie VeSota ... Flower Girl (as Jebbie Ve Sota)
Faith Parker Faith Parker ... Nightclub Dancer
Gayne Sullivan Gayne Sullivan ... Wino
Shorty Rogers ... Shorty Rogers (as Shorty Rogers and His Giants)
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Storyline

As the narrator invites us to explore the horrors of an insane mind, a young woman wakes from a nightmare in a cheap hotel room. We follow her through the skid-row night and encounters with an abusive husband; a wino; a pimp and the rich man he panders for; a flashback to her traumatic childhood; violence; pursuit through dark streets; dementia. Filmed in film-noir style throughout; only the narrator speaks. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Not a word is spoken. Not one terror left untold. See more »


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Trivia

Dwarf actor Angelo Rossitto appears as the newsboy. Rossitto operated a newsstand when he wasn't performing. He made similar cameo appearances as a newsboy in other films. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Now all the images of horror, the demons of your mind, crowd in on you to destroy you!
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Alternate Versions

The 2000 DVD release by Kino Video features both versions of the film. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Blob (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Wig Alley
Music by Shorty Rogers
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ultimate noir
16 July 2003 | by rufasffSee all my reviews

On the great Kino DVD, the print of "Dementia" is strikingly good; and you get some good information on the film's strange life.>

Other than that, this is a one of a kind gem, to say there is nothing else like it is only to get the ball rolling. Ten out of ten.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daughter of Horror See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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