Strange Illusion (1945)


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In this film, a young man is concerned about his widowed mother's plans to remarry, particularly in light of his suspicions about the death of his father. He pretends to be insane, which gets him nowhere but into an insane asylum, where he very nearly loses it altogether.

Rating: Unrated (not Rated)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Adele Comandini
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 18, 2001



as Paul Cartwright

as Virginia Cartwright

as Brett Curtis

as Dr. Vincent

as Prof. Muhlbach

as Paul Cartwright

as Dorothy Cartwright

as People
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Critic Reviews for Strange Illusion

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

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

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.

Full Review… | February 18, 2011
Film Threat

Hamlet on Poverty Row

Full Review… | April 2, 2010

Visually inventive crime thriller, with many strange sequences.

Full Review… | January 18, 2005
Classic Film and Television

An engrossing premise courtesy of Mr. Shakespeare.

Full Review… | September 18, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Strange Illusion marks prolific filmmaker Edgar G. Ulmer's trip into Hitchcock territory, with often underwhelming results.

Full Review… | December 5, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Strange Illusion


The opening dream sequence is kind of interesting with overlapping shots. It didn't occur to me until after skimming other reviews here on Flixster that the plot of the young man worried about his mother's new dangerous fiancÚ has its source in Hamlet. I suppose it does contain that influence, but toward the end it feels a bit like Scooby-Doo with the meddling teenagers. Ulmer, the director, does seems to make the most of the low budget, but some of the performances, primarily the main character Paul and his buddy George, lack refinement. Warren William as the soon to be father-in-law, Brett Curtis, has a great face for this type of suspicious and evil character.

Byron Brubaker

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