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Fear in the Night1947

Fear in the Night (1947)





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One of several low-budget mellers directed by scriptwriter Maxwell Shane, Fear in the Night was based on the short story Nightmare by William Irish (pseudonym for Cornell Woolrich). In his first starring role, DeForest Kelley plays Vince Grayson, a young man who has a terrible nightmare wherein he sees himself killing someone. When he awakens, Vince finds a couple of pieces of evidence indicating that his dream was no dream. Detective Cliff Herlihy (Paul Kelly) doesn't believe that Vince has killed anyone, but agrees to investigate. While taking shelter from a storm in a remote mansion, the detective and the young man stumble upon a mirrored room -- just like the one in Vince's dream. The frenzied Vince is nearly driven to suicide, but Detective Herlihy deduces that his friend's nightmare was the handiwork of Lewis Belnap (Robert Emmett Keane), the mansion's owner, who is a dabbler in hypnosis. Fear in the Night was remade in 1956 as Nightmare, with Kevin McCarthy and Edward G. Robinson. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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DeForest Kelley
as Vince Grayson
Paul Kelly
as Cliff Herlihy
Kay Scott
as Betty Winters
Ann Doran
as Lil Herlihy
Robert Emmett Keane
as Lewis Belnap
Jeff York
as Torrence
Charles Victor
as Capt. Wamer
Janet Warren
as Mrs. Belnap
John Harmon
as Mr. Bilyou
Gladys Blake
as Bank Clerk
Julia Faye
as Mrs. Tracey-Lytton
Dick Keene
as Mr. Kern
Joey Ray
as Contractor
Chris Drake
as Elevator Operator
Dick Keane
as Lewis Belknap
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Critic Reviews for Fear in the Night

All Critics (2)

Its shortcomings, most of which arise from it not having aged particularly well, are ultimately offset by its ethereality.

October 25, 2011 | Full Review…

An excellent low-budget psychological thriller.

September 27, 2004 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fear in the Night

A man awakes after a dream of murdering a stranger only to find actual evidence of the deed on his person. Was it only a dream or did he kill someone? DeForrest Kelley in his first lead role is pretty good as a guy losing his grip in this noir- ish thriller from the late 40's.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Did DeForest Kelley/Dr. "Bones" McCoy kill someone? He's not sure if it was a dream or reality. It was interesting to see Kelley in an older movie, but the movie isn't that great itself. It's just okay.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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