Dead of Night


Dirs. Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Robert Hamer, Basil Dearden | GB | 1945 | 104 mins | (PG) b/w
Mervyn Johns, Roland Culver, Michael Redgrave, Googie Withers, Miles Malleson, Naunton Wayne, Basil Radford






An architect is caught in a recurring dream. As it unfolds yet again, he hears other people’s supernatural experiences including Michael Redgrave’s domination by a ventriloquist’s doll as it first takes over his impulses, and then his personality. The Redgrave episode is easily the best segment in this classy portmanteau. There is also Hamer’s ghostly The Haunted Mirror, starring Googie Withers in the tale of a mysterious mirror which brings back another (less happy) time. Also ghostly, but less serious, is Crichton’s The Golfing Story, loosely taken from HG Wells’s story. A very influential and eerie film that led directly to the compendium films of Amicus but which, in a wink, eclipsed them.




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