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I Wake Up Screaming

I Wake Up Screaming (1941)

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Release Date: Nov 14, 1941 Wide

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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 successful model and would-be actress. 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

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Mystery & Suspense, Classics

Dwight Taylor

Jun 6, 2006

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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.

December 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Superior thriller from an underrated director.

September 23, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.
January 31, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

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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
July 17, 2011
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Stella Dallas

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This is sort of a confusing mystery, but mysteries that aren't confusing are boring. I loved this movie.
September 30, 2010
ajv2688

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Noir fans will like this one, others... well... maybe not so much. I Wake Up Screaming 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.
September 29, 2009
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