I Wake Up Screaming (1941)

Passed   |    |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir


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  • Betty Grable and Carole Landis in I Wake Up Screaming (1941)
  • Victor Mature and Laird Cregar in I Wake Up Screaming (1941)
  • Victor Mature and Laird Cregar in I Wake Up Screaming (1941)

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2 April 2001 | telegonus
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| nifty sleeper
I Wake Up Screaming is an odd and oddly satisfying film. It is in the noir mold but it's a little earlier than most. The studio that made it was not noted for making thrillers, and the stars,--Victor Mature, Betty Grable and Carole Landis--were not the types one would expect to find in this sort of dark movie. Yet it is fun from the start to finish, and at times creepy, thanks mostly to the presence of Laird Cregar as a cop determined to nail Mature for the murder of a heartless showgirl that he, Cregar, was himself infatuated with. The studio New York of the film is much less intimidating than one might expect in a mystery, and overall the tone is bright and bouncy,--call it noir light. But it's Mr. Cregar who makes the film work. He dominates the picture as soon as he enters it with an authority and sense of himself that most actors would kill for. Cregar was, in short, a genius. The supporting cast, which includes Allyn Joslyn and Alan Mowbray, make the best of their lines, which are often quite witty, and the script is, overall, far better than average.

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