Fear in the Night (1947)

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A man dreams he committed murder, then begins to suspect it was real.



  • Ann Doran and Paul Kelly in Fear in the Night (1947)
  • DeForest Kelley and Kay Scott in Fear in the Night (1947)
  • Paul Kelly in Fear in the Night (1947)
  • Fear in the Night (1947)
  • Fear in the Night (1947)
  • DeForest Kelley, Ann Doran, and Paul Kelly in Fear in the Night (1947)

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13 January 2015 | merrywater
| Forgotten Gem
This is a sadly forgotten, but fantastic film noir gem released in 1947, and based on a story by the renowned author Cornell Woolrich . The opening is an amazing and surrealistic dream sequence up along with, say, Polanski's dream sequence in Rosemary's Baby. Straightforward plot, good though perhaps not great actors, and decent directing. It was a low budget production which is apparent, albeit not a nuisance.

A remake was made by the same director nine years later. The original had a tenser atmosphere which corresponded well to the surrealistic formula. On the other hand, the remake had Edward G. Robinson starring in a supporting role.

An unnecessary detail in the remake was a musical ingredient that was extended to the protagonist being a musician. The upbeat jazz music, absent in the original, actually interfered with the tense atmosphere. However, this was the style in the mid-fifties cf Hitchcock's remake of The Man Who Knew Too Much (also released in 1956) that featured one of this year's greatest hits, Que sera sera.

Contrary to Hitchcock's successful remaking, Fear in the Night surely didn't need one, and the remake - Nightmare - isn't more of a classic today than its original version.

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