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Strange Illusion (1945)

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Release Date: Mar 31, 1945 Wide

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Strange Illusion is really several movies in one, part dark psychological chiller, part unsettling murder mystery, and part breezy B-movie thriller, although most of its plot is derived from Shakespeare's Hamlet. Jimmy Lydon, best-known to audiences for his screen portrayal of Henry Aldrich during the early '40s, plays Paul Cartwright, the son of a respected judge who died under mysterious circumstances two years earlier. Paul is haunted by nightmares in which his father warns him of danger to

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Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics

Adele Comandini

Sep 18, 2001

Troma

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Though saddled with the script's fetish for Freud, Ulmer stylizes his thriller without sending it adrift. Like his other great films, Strange Illusion is a shaggy quickie that takes fine shape throughout.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Hamlet on Poverty Row

April 2, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Visually inventive crime thriller, with many strange sequences.

January 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

An engrossing premise courtesy of Mr. Shakespeare.

September 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Strange Illusion marks prolific filmmaker Edgar G. Ulmer's trip into Hitchcock territory, with often underwhelming results.

December 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A lesser Ulmer.

January 17, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

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