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I Wake Up Screaming (1941)




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Well-known New York sports promoter Frankie Christopher (Victor Mature) is the prime suspect in the murder of Vicky Lynn (Carole Landis), a former waitress-turned-model (and would-be actress), whom Frankie discovered and promoted to stardom. Questioned relentlessly by the police, and particularly by hulking detective squad commander Ed Cornell (Laird Cregar), he maintains his innocence. Meanwhile, Vicky's sister Jill (Betty Grable) is also being questioned. Their answers, given in adjoining interrogation rooms, become the basis for brief, neatly constructed interlocking flashbacks at the opening of the movie that explain a ton of plot in very little time. Both are released after admitting nothing, and the police begin working on other suspects, including journalist Larry Evans (Allyn Joslyn), aging actor Robin Ray (Alan Mowbray), and hotel clerk William Harrison (Elisha Cook Jr.). Jill had little use for Frankie when he was promoting her sister's career, but the two are drawn together in the course of trying to sort out their lives and Vicky's murder, and through her realization that Frankie is capable of truly loving a woman, and not just exploiting her. Meanwhile, Cornell makes it his business to pressure and torment Frankie, promising him an arrest and a death sentence. And the noose seems to tighten around Frankie as the circumstantial evidence piles up. But Frankie has his resources, including the ability to keep a cool head under pressure -- he uncovers a clue that, although worthless in itself, helps put a whole new look on the case, and forces even the police to take a fresh look at the evidence and at the way it's been handled. And that opens up a deeper, darker side to the life and death of Vicky Lynn.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Dwight Taylor
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 6, 2006
20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Betty Grable
as Jill Lynn
Victor Mature
as Frankie Christopher
Carole Landis
as Vicky Lynn
Laird Cregar
as Ed Cornell
William Gargan
as Jerry McDonald
Alan Mowbray
as Robin Ray
Allyn Joslyn
as Larry Evans
Elisha Cook Jr.
as Harry Williams
Morris Ankrum
as Assistant District A...
May Beatty
as Mrs. Handel
Cyril Ring
as Reporter
Basil Walker
as Reporter
Bob Cornell
as Reporter
Charles Lane
as Florist Keating
Russ Clark
as Policeman
Frank Orth
as Cemetery Caretaker
Gregory Gaye
as Headwaiter
Dick Rich
as Detective
James Flavin
as Detective
Tim Ryan
as Detective
Ralph Dunn
as Detective
Wade Boteler
as Detective
Eddie Dunn
as Detective
Philip Morris
as Detective
Cecil Weston
as Police Matron
Paul Weigel
as Old Man
Harry Seymour
as Bartender
Pat McKee
as Newsman
Dorothy Dearing
as Girl at Table
Forbes Murray
as Mr. Handel
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Critic Reviews for I Wake Up Screaming

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Representando um dos primeiros passos do cinema noir, é um filme que, apesar da boa presença de Cregar, mostra-se irregular em seu tom e que tropeça, também, na performance frágil de Mature.

September 11, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Marvelously sinister performance by Laird Cregar.

Full Review… | December 19, 2004
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Audience Reviews for I Wake Up Screaming

The signatures of noir are all present here: a dead body, a big gorilla, a grueling cross examination, a too smart love affair, and loads of dark eyed people smoking in dark rooms lit from the lights from behind venetian blinds while knocking back the hooch. American life was not the dream dreamt if you managed to survive the war, yet again. Loved it.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

the director seemingly couldn't decide between creepy thriller and light hearted romance so the tone of the film is confusing. i'm not a fan of victor mature, tho he has a great noir face, his acting is too often over the top. betty grable is a lightweight who can't handle drama at all well, and is shown up here by carole landis in one of her few substantial roles. the real reason to see the film is laird cregar whose performance is easily worth 3 stars

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


This is sort of a confusing mystery, but mysteries that aren't confusing are boring. I loved this movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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