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Fear In The Night (DVD) (1947) (All Regions) (NTSC) (US Import)

3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000098ZT0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,187 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Fear in the Night is directed by Maxwell Shane who also adapts from Cornell Woolrich`s (AKA: William Irish) story titled Nightmare. It stars Paul Kelly, DeForest Kelley, Ann Doran, Kay Scott & Robert Emmett Keane. Music is by Rudy Schrager and photography Jack Greenhalgh. Plot finds bank teller Vince Grayson (Kelley) awoken from a nightmare where he kills a man in a mirrored room. Disorientated and sweaty, Grayson is further startled to find bruises on his neck and items about him that suggest that his nightmare was real. After confiding about the events to his brother-in-law, detective Cliff Herlihy (Kelly), it`s presumed he`s under stress and a good day out with the girls will do him wonders. But once the picnic with the girls is interrupted by a storm, Grayson finds himself leading the group to a house in the country. A house he doesn`t know and a house he`s sure he`s never been to, but upon the discovery of a mirrored room it becomes evident that something very strange is going on...

Low budget across the board but not suffering too much for it. A cracking little film noir mystery neatly condensed into 72 minutes. Maxwell Shane`s film is dealing in dreams and a protagonist caught in a circumstance, without understanding, that`s out of his control. Tormented not only by the events of what appears to be in his "dream", but also by the heavy cloud of befuddlement that follows him during daylight hours. He himself ponders if he is going insane? It`s a good question, and one which Shane and Woolrich do well to not answer for the first half of the film as the atmosphere stays hazy. The tone of the narrative is aided considerably by Greenhalgh`s photography, Schrager`s music and Shane`s box of cheap, but hugely effective, tricks.
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Fear in the Night may be just another B movie designed to fill out a double bill, but it has some good things going for it. And that makes it a watchable, interesting noir.

Vince Grayson (DeForest Kelly), a pleasant, unexceptional young bank teller, wakes up one morning after a horrendous nightmare. He dreamed he was in a mirrored room, locked in a terrible fight with a strange man. He finds himself with a sharp-pointed awl in his hand and he drives it into the other man's chest. Then he drags the body into one of the small rooms behind one of the mirrored doors. When he wakes he's covered with sweat. He makes his way to the bathroom in the small hotel room he rents and finds thumbprints on his throat and blood on his hand. In his coat pocket he finds a blue button and an odd-shaped key. He makes his way to his sister's house to talk with her husband, Cliff Herlihy (Paul Kelly), a police detective. Herlihy just puts Cliff's story down to stress. But a couple of days later, driving out for a picnic with his girl friend, his sister and Cliff, Vince suggests they go to Salado Canyon, a place he's never been to before. In a downpour, Vince directs them to a large, dark house he's never seen. He knows where the key is under the mat. The house is empty, with the furniture and curtains covered by large, white drop cloths. He goes upstairs with Cliff and finds a small, mirrored room, and behind one of the mirrored doors, bloodstains.

Vince's nightmare is just beginning. Did he kill a man in the house? Why would he? Who were the two people killed there when Vince and Cliff talked with a local cop? Cliff Herlihy now is convinced that murders took place, that Vince wasn't responsible...and that Vince still might be a killer.
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A warning first that there is more than one really poor print of this out there, the film being in the public domain, so try to find out what the quality's like before buying. A Region 1 US release may be best.

Mr DeRiemer has published a very good review of this here, and I agree with much of what he says, though he is perhaps a bit more enthusiastic about its virtues than I am. Cornell Woolrich's stories tend to explore the darker recesses of human behaviour (his biography is well worth checking out), and this script based on one does just that. But the plot of hypnosis and nightmare and auto-suggestion is really quite stagey and has a dated rather than timeless feel to it.

Direction is competent within the allotted low budget, though Maxwell Shane makes very little of the octagonal mirrored room possibilities; anyone familiar with Orson Welles's glorious use of mirrors in The Lady from Shanghai will feel very underwhelmed here.

I also agree with Mr DeRiemer that John Kelly has a dynamism in his role as brother-in-law/detective that makes the rest of the cast look a bit pedestrian.

Not a bad second picture film noir, but there are lots of better examples of the type out there. Try for starters Narrow Margin (1952), Dangerous Crossing (1953), The Hitch-Hiker (1953) and Detour (1945).
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Picture Quality and Sound Good for its age story was good and it was interesting to see Deforest Kelley in his first film.

The only negative thing about the product was that the box gives wrong information as to the role played by Deforest Kelley and one of the other actors but that would be a fault of the DVD Company not the seller but this did not detract from the product.

I would recommend the product and the seller.
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