I Wake Up Screaming 1941

I Wake Up Screaming

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Movie Info

Glamorous starlet Vicky Lynn (Carole Landis) is murdered, and the cops want to pin the killing on her manager, fast-talking Frankie Christopher (Victor Mature). But the more Vicky's sensible sister, Jill (Betty Grable), finds out about Frankie, the less she suspects him of the crime. As Jill and Frankie fall in love, the detective in charge of the case (Laird Cregar) develops a morbid obsession with punishing Frankie, leading to a shocking conclusion.

Cast & Crew

Victor Mature
Frankie Christopher
Laird Cregar
Ed Cornell
William Gargan
Jerry MacDonald
Allyn Joslyn
Larry Evans
Elisha Cook Jr.
Harry Williams
Dwight Taylor
Screenwriter
Cyril J. Mockridge
Original Music
Edward Cronjager
Cinematographer
Robert L. Simpson
Film Editor
Richard Day
Art Director
Nathan Juran
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Critic Reviews for I Wake Up Screaming

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Audience Reviews for I Wake Up Screaming

  • Jan 31, 2013
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    This is sort of a confusing mystery, but mysteries that aren't confusing are boring. I loved this movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2009
    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 D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 21, 2009
    Noir fans will like this one, others... well... maybe not so much. <i>I Wake Up Screaming</i> relies heavily on dialogue. Modern films of similar content are so laden with elaborate chase sequences and choreographed fight scenes that there's little time left for meaningful human conversation. It's sad that the spoken word and the colorful narrative are fast becoming lost art forms.
    Randy T Super Reviewer

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