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Dead of Night

Dead of Night

Alberto Cavalcanti, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer, Charles Crichton (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 compilation, starring Mervyn Johns, Michael Redgrave and Googie Withers.

Cast & Crew

Walter Craig Mervyn Johns
Eliot Foley Roland Culver
Mrs Foley Mary Merrall
Dr Van Straaten Frederick Valk
Mrs Craig Renee Gadd
Hugh Grainger Anthony Baird
Joyce Grainger Judy Kelly
Hearse driver Miles Malleson
Sally O'Hara Sally Ann Howes
Jimmy Watson Michael Allen (1)
Dr Albury Robert Wyndham
Joan Courtland Googie Withers
Peter Courtland Ralph Michael
Dealer Esme Percy
Maxwell Frere Michael Redgrave
Sylvester Kee Hartley Power
Beulah Elisabeth Welch
Director Alberto Cavalcanti
Director Basil Dearden
Director Robert Hamer
Director Charles Crichton
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: BFI Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 31 Dec 2004


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