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Dead of Night (1945)

Approved | | Drama, Horror | 15 February 1946 (Finland)
Architect Walter Craig (Mervyn Johns) senses impending doom as his half-remembered recurring dream turns into reality. The guests at the country house encourage him to stay as they take turns telling supernatural tales.

Directors:

Alberto Cavalcanti (as Cavalcanti), Charles Crichton | 2 more credits »

Writers:

John Baines (screenplay), Angus MacPhail (screenplay) (as Angus Macphail) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mervyn Johns ... Walter Craig (segment "Linking Story")
Roland Culver ... Eliot Foley (segment "Linking Story")
Mary Merrall ... Mrs. Foley (segment "Linking Story")
Googie Withers ... Joan Cortland (segment "Linking Story") / (segment "The Haunted Mirror")
Frederick Valk Frederick Valk ... Dr. Van Straaten (segment "Linking Story") / (segment "The Ventriloquist's Dummy")
Anthony Baird Anthony Baird ... Hugh Grainger (segment "Linking Story") / (segment "The Hearse Driver") (as Antony Baird)
Sally Ann Howes ... Sally O'Hara (segment "Linking Story") / (segment "Christmas Party")
Robert Wyndham Robert Wyndham ... Dr. Albury (segment "The Hearse Driver")
Judy Kelly ... Joyce Grainger (segment "Linking Story") / (segment "The Hearse Driver")
Miles Malleson ... Hearse Driver (segment "The Hearse Driver")
Michael Allan Michael Allan ... Jimmy Watson (segment "Christmas Story")
Barbara Leake ... Mrs. O'Hara (segment "Linking Story")
Ralph Michael Ralph Michael ... Peter Cortland (segment "The Haunted Mirror")
Esme Percy ... Antique Dealer (segment "The Haunted Mirror") (as Esmé Percy)
Basil Radford ... George Parratt (segment "Golfing Story")
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Storyline

Architect Walter Craig (Mervyn Johns), seeking the possibility of some work at a country farmhouse, soon finds himself once again stuck in his recurring nightmare. Dreading the end of the dream that he knows is coming, he must first listen to all the assembled guests' own bizarre tales. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Even GREATER than "Seventh Veil"

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Drama | Horror

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

15 February 1946 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Al morir la noche See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,919
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Cosmolgists Fred Hoyle, Thomas Gold, and Hermann Bondi developed the Steady State theory of the universe, an alternative to the Big Bang, after seeing this movie. They said that the circular nature of the plot inspired the theory. See more »

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During the dummy sequence, when sitting and talking with Mr. Kee, the dummy's hand changes position from table to knee. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Eliot Foley: Ah! Walter Craig?
Walter Craig: How do you do? You're Eliot Foley.
Eliot Foley: That's right. So glad you were able to come, let's have your bag.
[takes Craig's bag]
Eliot Foley: We'll put the car away afterwards. You know it struck me after I'd telephoned you, rather a cheek on my part asking a busy architect like yourself to come down and spend the weekend with a set of complete strangers.
Walter Craig: Not a bit.
Eliot Foley: You see we're pretty cramped for space here, we need at least two more bedrooms.
Walter Craig: And with only one living room.
Eliot Foley: Yes, only...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The UK release is 105 minutes long and features five stories (The Hearse Driver, The Christmas Party, The Haunted Mirror, The Golfing Story, and The Ventriloquist's Dummy). When originally released in the USA, two of the stories (The Christmas Party and The Golfing Story), were removed to shorten the film to 77-minutes. Later reissues and television version reinstated the missing segments. See more »

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The Hullalooba
Written and Composed by Anna Marly
Played by Frank Weir and his Sextet
Sung by Elisabeth Welch (uncredited)
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User Reviews

 
Trapped in a Nightmare
1 October 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The architect Walter Craig (Mervyn Johns) drives to a farmhouse in the countryside of London and he is welcomed by the owner, Eliot Foley (Roland Culver), who introduces him the psychiatrist Dr. Van Straaten (Frederick Valk), his friend Joan Cortland (Googie Withers), his young neighbor Sally O'Hara (Sally Ann Howes) and the race car driver Hugh Grainger (Antony Baird). Craig tells that he has the sensation of Déjà vu since he had had a nightmare with them in that house but one lady is missing. However Mrs. Foley (Mary Merrall) arrives completing the characters of his dream.

The skeptical Dr. Van Straaten does not believe in supernatural but the guests tell supernatural events that they have lived. Grainger had a car accident and then a premonition that saved his life; Sally had met a ghost during the Christmas; Eliot and his wife had lived an evil experience with a haunted mirror; two golfers that loved the same woman and decide to dispute her in a game, but one of them dies and haunt the other; and Dr. Van Straaten tells the story of a ventriloquist with double personality that is dominated by his dummy. But when Dr. Van Straaten accidentally breaks his classes and the power goes out, the nightmare begins.

"Dead of Night" is an original horror tale that is certainly the source of inspiration to "The Twilight Zone", "Tales From The Crypt", "Vault of Horror", "Creepshow", "Tales From the Darkside: the Movie" where the screenplay discloses a main story and many segments. The final twist is totally unexpected and a plus in this little great movie. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Na Solidão da Noite" ("In the Solitude of the Night")


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