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Nightmare (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 20 August 1956 (Sweden)
A New Orleans musician has a nightmare about killing a man in a strange house but he suspects that it really happened.

Director:

Maxwell Shane

Writers:

Cornell Woolrich (novel), Maxwell Shane (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Rene Bressard
Kevin McCarthy ... Stan Grayson
Connie Russell ... Gina - Stan's Girl
Virginia Christine ... Mrs. Sue Bressard
Rhys Williams ... Deputy Torrence
Gage Clarke ... Belknap / Harry Britten
Marian Carr ... Madge Novick
Barry Atwater ... Capt. Warner
Meade 'Lux' Lewis Meade 'Lux' Lewis ... Meade
Billy May and His Orchestra Billy May and His Orchestra ... Themselves (as Billy May and his Orchestra)
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Storyline

A musician has a nightmare in which he killed a man. When he wakes up he finds evidence that the crime really took place and tries to find the truth with the help of his brother-in-law who is a police officer. Written by Volker Boehm

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Beware ! These are the eyes of a hypnotist !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1956 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Pesadilla See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Frank Paul Sylos, who did the art direction, also did the art direction for "Fear in the Night," the original story, "Nightmare," by Cornel Woolrich. See more »

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According to the elevator there are only 15 floors in the hotel, but the shot of the building from outside shows more than fifteen. See more »

Connections

Version of Fear in the Night (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

The Last I Ever Saw Of My Man
Lyrics by Doris Houck
Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Performed by Connie Russell / Billy May Orchestra
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Inferior remake of "Fear in the Night"
24 October 2008 | by violentcop5See all my reviews

Maxwell Shea remade his own film; the cheap Noir thriller "Fear in the Night" as 1956's "Nightmare" with a bigger budget and an A-list cast, yet the film follows the formers structure so closely you wonder what was the point. The two films are basically the same movie yet where they differ "Fear in the Night" comes out the superior, its hokey plot felt more at home with its low-budget and it was nicely complimented by an effective dark atmosphere, also the films conclusion and hallucination/dream scenes were sharper and more creatively shot . The one thing "Nightmare" has over the original is in the cast, 'Noir' staple and the always great Edward G Robinson, takes the role of the protagonist cop brother in-law (which was fairly flat in the original) and injects it with the warmth and vitality that is expected from him. Kevin Mcarthy has played the 'average man pushed to hysteria' role before but for good reason; he does it well, his performance is preferable to Deforrest Kelly's big eye-balled take on the same character. Even though its neck and neck with the original "Nightmare" comes out short, which doesn't make it a bad film, I just wouldn't recommend it if you've seen the original, but if you haven't there are some cheap B-movie thrills to be fond in the A-list surroundings.


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