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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Bressard's new car is a 1956 Dodge Royal. See more »

Goofs

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

What's Your Sad Story
Words and Music by Richard M. Sherman (as Dick Sherman)
Performed by Connie Russell / Billy May Orchestra
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Something lost in update, improvement on earlier movie
24 September 2001 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

In the late 1940s, director Maxwell Shane made a very low budget psychological thriller called Fear in the Dark -- about a man waking from a nightmare that he's murdered a stranger, only to find it to be true. In 1956, Shane decided to remake it as Nightmare, with a name cast (Kevin McCarthy -- Mary's brother, for the record -- as the luckless dreamer, Edward G. Robinson as his brother-in-law the homicide cop). It's a very close remake, not as pointlessly literal as Gus Van Sant's cloning of Psycho, but with little changed except a better and more integrated jazz score. In sum, Nightmare boasts better acting and better production values, all of which serve to point up the basic cheesiness of the plot. The earlier version, looking a lot like a nightmare itself, lends its own low-rent integrity to Cornell Woolrich's bizarre vision.


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