I Wake Up Screaming (Fox Film Noir)
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When a model is murdered, her sister joins forces with the chief suspect to find the real killer.Genre: Feature Film-DramaRating: UNRelease Date: 6-JUN-2006Media Type: DVD
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told using various characters flashbacks. Weird factoid ; the melody of Somewhere over the Rainbow from Wizard of
Oz (1939) is re-used (melody only , no words ) in I Wake Up Screaming (1941). Taught , suspenseful story , with a great cast ; Betty Grable : the WWII Soldiers inspiration ,Carol Landis , and Victor Mature. The guy playing the cop is unknown to me , but is terrific . He's spooky . Reminds me of the killer in No Country for Old Men . Victor Mature wakes up during a (hopefully normal ) nights sleep , only to see the cop sitting there in the dark watching him . Yikes!! Watch for Red Buttons when
he was just a squirt. Leonard Maltin's Movie guide says it was remade as
Vicki , another great flick. Really good , highly recommended . ( If a movie is any good I will watch it again ; this one got it's
second screening immediately!!) Good Noir.
When previewed, this film (then entitled Hot Spot) was given the thumbs down by the audience - they thought they were in for a Grable musical treat. Zanuck and director Bruce Humberstone, re-edited the film and added new key scenes, working day and night to have it ready for its premiere. Reverted to its original title, it soon became a success and is a highly rated movie in its genre.
Laird Cregar steals the acting honours as the sinister detective investigating Landis's murder. And that excellent supporting actor, Elisha Cook Jr., is one of the "red herrings" under audience suspicion.
Cameraman Edward Cronjager does much to add to the atmosphere of this classic mystery with some fine low-key lighting and imaginative photography.
Top film noir performances and direction -- Great stuff!
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No one wakes up screaming in this feature, though it's a wonder, given the way the characters show up in each other's darkened apartments! Read morePublished on Oct. 7 2002 by Carolyn Paetow
Betty Grable resisted doing dramatic roles but she is pretty good in this film. Not really very suspensful, but the plot moves along and its a great treat to see a non-singing... Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2001
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