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Dead of Night

  • Horror
  • Drama
  • 1945
  • Alberto Cavalcanti
  • 99 mins
  • PG

Summary

Portmanteau horror starring Mervyn Johns. Architect Walter Craig goes to the home of a new client, but finds the house and its inhabitants strangely familiar. Each of the guests has a story to tell and gradually Craig realises he is trapped in a ghastly recurring nightmare.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Walter CraigMervyn Johns
Eliot FoleyRoland Culver
Mrs FoleyMary Merrall
Dr Van StraatenFrederick Valk
Mrs CraigRenee Gadd
Hugh GraingerAnthony Baird
Joyce GraingerJudy Kelly
Hearse driverMiles Malleson
Sally O'HaraSally Ann Howes
Jimmy WatsonMichael Allen (1)
Dr AlburyRobert Wyndham
Joan CourtlandGoogie Withers
Peter CourtlandRalph Michael
DealerEsme Percy
Maxwell FrereMichael Redgrave
Sylvester KeeHartley Power
BeulahElisabeth Welch

Crew

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DirectorAlberto Cavalcanti
DirectorBasil Dearden
DirectorRobert Hamer
DirectorCharles Crichton

Details

Theatrical distributor
BFI
Released on
2004-12-31
Languages
English | French
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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