I Wake Up Screaming


I Wake Up Screaming

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Laird Cregar as a creepy detective lends an added air of menace to this intense film noir. Victor Mature stars as Frankie Christopher, a Hollywood agent who finds himself accused of murdering his client Vicky Lynn (Carole Landis). Frankie takes refuge with Vicky's sister Jill (Betty Grable, in her first non-musical performance). But on his heels is back-street detective Ed Cornell (Laird Cregar). Coming upon Frankie and Jill, he tries to tell Frankie that although he doesn't think Frankie is guilty, there is enough evidence for him to fry in the electric chair. Not particularly reassured by the news, Frankie bolts to try and clear his name. Then he comes upon Vicky's troubled neighbor Harry Williams (Elisha Cook Jr.) who not only has pictures of the murdered actress pasted all over his walls, but holds the key to the crime.


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 Attorney
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

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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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