Dead of Night

Dead of Night

Alberto Cavalcanti (1945)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Ealing will for ever be associated with its celebrated comedies, but this chilling quintet deserves to be considered among the studio's finest achievements. Including stories penned by HG Wells and EF Benson, Dead of Night illustrates how ghost stories should be filmed. Alberto Cavalcanti's "The Ventriloquist's Dummy" episode has lost none of its shocking power, thanks largely to Michael Redgrave's astonishing performance, which ranks among the best of his career. There's also much to raise the hair on the back of the neck in Robert Hamer's "The Haunted Mirror", while the linking story involving architect Mervyn Johns brings the whole thing to a nightmarish conclusion.


A group of people gather at a country house where their supernatural stories become all too real for one of the guests, who realises they're all part of his recurring nightmare. Horror anthology, starring Mervyn Johns, Michael Redgrave and Googie Withers.

Cast & Crew

Actor Mervyn Johns
Actor Michael Redgrave
Actor Googie Withers
Actor Roland Culver
Director Alberto Cavalcanti
Director Robert Hamer
Director Basil Dearden
Director Charles Crichton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: BFIAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 31 Dec 2004