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I Wake Up Screaming [DVD] [1941] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Betty Grable , Victor Mature , H. Bruce Humberstone    DVD
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  • Actors: Betty Grable, Victor Mature, Carole Landis, Laird Cregar, William Gargan
  • Directors: H. Bruce Humberstone
  • Writers: Dwight Taylor, Steve Fisher
  • Producers: Milton Sperling
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Jun 2006
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,737 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real treat! 29 July 2006
By Mr. Gtj Charmley VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I won't address the plot, which I believe is superb, as this has been done amply by others, but rather the DVD edition. The print is vastly superior to the video release which had a jump in it during the moment when Jill Lynn (Grable) makes her way over the rooftops of New York to evade the police, who mean to let her escape so they can follow her to Frankie Christopher (Mature), the man she loves. Given that this is one of the scenes I remember best, that spoiled it for me. There was jump in another place, if memory serves, but all these are gone.

Extras include a cut scene where Grable sings 'Daddy' to a customer at the store before going off to take her sister to the station (in fact Jill is dead). This is fascinating, as it presents a very different film. I'm glad the scene was cut, as it would have totally spoiled the film, a comic, musical-type fragment in a great noir film, which keeps up the suspense throughout. That said, it's always a joy to see and hear Betty Grable sing.

Also included are images of the original publicity and titles. At first the film was to be called 'Hot Spot', but they changed the name to that of the story on which it was based, fearing that 'Hot Spot' might be mistaken for a musical. The changes reveal a film that was tightened up, Betty Grable's musical supports (as far as I'm aware, she sang in every other 'serious' film she made) removed. Yet she's a real revelation. She could do drama without singing, dancing, or showing off her legs (she hated the lido scene, which should also have been cut as detracting from the picture).

All in all, this is an excellent edition of an excellent film. If you bought the video and liked it, even with the faults, buy this. It is superior to it in every way. You will not be disappointed.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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The 1941 film I Wake Up Screaming reportedly set the standard for this type of noir thriller and the good news is that it gets everything right. Incorporating a perfect blend of noir elements and emphasizing the flashback story, the atmospheric lighting, and, most of all, the inherent moral ambiguities of the main protagonists, I Wake Up Screaming is a riveting suspense thriller from beginning to end.

The movie begins with as well-known New York sports promoter Frankie Christopher (Victor Mature) is hauled down to the New York City police headquarters, a prime suspect in the murder of beautiful café waitress Vicky Lynn (Carole Landis) who Frankie has since helped become a flourishing model and prospective actress.

Of course, Frankie denies having anything to do with the crime but the massive detective squad commander Ed Cornell (Laird Cregar) is totally convinced if his guilt. Meanwhile, in the adjoining room, Vicky's sister Jill (Betty Grable) is also being questioned. She recently came to New York to stay with Vicky as a type of live-in maid and she was the first person to discover the body and saw Frankie standing over it.

As both Jill and Frankie recount their stories - in brilliantly edited flashbacks - we are introduced to a number of supporting suspects: There's a manipulative and self-serving journalist Larry Evans (Allyn Joslyn), aging actor Robin Ray (Alan Mowbray), and the creepy, sinister switchboard operator William Harrison (Elisha Cook Jr.) who works in Vicky's hotel and who packs Jill's luggage up without being asked.

Jill and Frankie are soon released. Jill just wants to forget the whole thing and move on, but Frankie pursues Jill, all the while maintaining his innocence.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars On the tiles in heels! 20 Sep 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Betty Grable in a straight dramatic part for once, playing the sister of a murdered Carole Landis (who had more luck in 'Moon over Miami', but that's another story). Co-starring with one-time boyfriend Victor Mature. A good, wisecracking murder mystery, and one of my personal favourite films with a really sinister performance from 'Cornell' (I can't recall the actor's name). The real surprise is Betty's strong playing of the little sister part. It is unusual for Grable, of course, but well-written and well acted, with a surprisingly atmospheric score and good atmospheric settings. Oh, and look out for the gratutious display of Miss Grable's famous legs.
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By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
I Wake Up Screaming is one of the early entries in the film noir cycle that lays down noirish detective conventions. It's kicker is similar to that of Stranger On The Third Floor (1940), that of the chief suspect turning detective to try and prove innocence. Directed by Fox contract director H. Bruce Humberstone, the screenplay is by Dwight Taylor who adapts from Steve Fisher's novel of the same name. It stars Betty Grable (excellent in a rare dramatic role), Victor Mature, Carole Landis, Laird Cregar, William Gargan & Elisha Cook Jr. Shot on location in New York City, the piece sees Edward Cronjager (Canyon Passage/Desert Fury) take up cinematography duties.

The plot centres around cocky promoter Frankie "Botticelli" Christopher (Mature) who is accused of the murder of Vicky Lynn (Landis), a young actress he "discovered" as a waitress while out with his friends. Teaming up with Vicky's level headed sister Jill (Grable), Frankie finds the heat is on and it's getting hotter as the police, led by brooding heavy Ed Cornell (Cregar), are determined to put him in the electric chair, or "Hot Spot" (the film's original working title and a title held for the UK release of the film). Told in alternating flashbacks, nothing is ever quite what it seems, so with dark motives looming and deep suspicion enveloping our protagonists, the question is, just who will wake up screaming? It starts out rather briskly, jaunty music opens the piece up and one gets the feeling that this is very much going to be a standard Betty Grable picture. In fact when you consider that snatches of "Over The Rainbow" are used at frequent points in the movie, the makers have to be applauded for ultimately achieving the murky end product that I Wake Up Screaming becomes.
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