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Fear in the Night

Fear in the Night

Director: Maxwell Shane
Writer: Cornell Woolrich, Maxwell Shane
Stars: Paul Kelly, DeForest Kelley, and Ann Doran
Reviewed by:
Griff

Ok, this is a little film noir from 1947. You can stream this one for free on Netflix or for free at Archive.org.  Fear in the Night is about a man (Vince) who has a terrible nightmare in which, he kills a man in a strange mirrored room.

When he wakes up he discovers that he has blood on his wrist on bruises on his neck just like in his dream. Slowly Vince begins to realize that he may have actually committed the murder that he dreamed about. In a panic Vince enlists the aid of his brother in law Cliff and the two of them try to figure out what happened before Vince is arrested for murder.

You can tell right away that this was made on a modest budget and some of the acting is pretty atrocious but, it’s an interesting crime drama and was an enjoyable watch.

This movie was re-made with the same director in 1956 with Edward G. Robinson. This time it was called Nightmare.

This is the feature film debut of DeForest Kelley who later went on to play “Bones” on Star Trek.

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