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Nightmare (1956)






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In this dark thriller, a New Orleans jazz musician has a disturbing dream that he has stabbed a man in a mirrored room of a mansion. During the crime, he kept hearing a haunting jazz song. He wakes to believe the dream was real as he is covered with cuts and bruises. He then tells his brother-in-law a detective, but the cop pooh-poohs him and advises him to forget about it. On his own the musician begins looking and listening for the strange tunes on Bourbon Street, but it is to no avail. While on a picnic with his wife and brother-in-law, he finds the dream mansion and it is exactly as he saw it. In the mirrored room is a phonograph with a recording of the unforgettable song. Later the detective learns that a murder was indeed committed in that mansion and that the musician is the prime suspect. He investigates further and comes to believe that the hapless musician had been hypnotized by the mansion owner who wanted to cover-up his wife's murder. He soon proves it and the musician's nightmare is finally laid to rest.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Maxwell Shane
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United Artists


Kevin McCarthy
as Stan Grayson
Edward G. Robinson
as Rene Bressard
Rhys Williams
as Torrence
Billy May
as Louie Simes
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All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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A fascinating character study of someone in a panic.

Full Review… | January 26, 2005
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Very suspenseful film, and it kept me thinking all the way until the very end. The plot wasn't exactly out of the ordinary but it was perfect for suspense and it was very Hitchcockian as far as the cinematography went. I didn't spot any outstanding acting, but everyone played their parts well. Edward G. Robinson played a good cop for once, and I about lost it when he stole the duck leg at the end, hilarious!


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