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I Wake Up Screaming (14-Nov-1941)

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone

Writer: Dwight Taylor

From novel: I Wake Up Screaming by Steve Fisher

Producer: Milton Sperling

Keywords: Crime, Film Noir

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Morris Ankrum
27-Aug-1896 2-Sep-1964 Invaders from Mars
Elisha Cook, Jr.
26-Dec-1903 18-May-1995 The Maltese Falcon
Laird Cregar
28-Jul-1916 9-Dec-1944 The Lodger
William Gargan
17-Jul-1905 17-Feb-1979 Martin Kane, Private Eye
Betty Grable
18-Dec-1916 2-Jul-1973 The Girl With the Million Dollar Legs
Allyn Joslyn
21-Jul-1901 21-Jan-1981 Only Angels Have Wings
Carole Landis
1-Jan-1919 5-Jul-1948 A Scandal in Paris
Charles Lane
26-Jan-1905 9-Jul-2007 Grumpy character actor
Victor Mature
29-Jan-1913 4-Aug-1999 Samson and Delilah
Alan Mowbray
18-Aug-1896 25-Mar-1969 Founding member, Screen Actors Guild
Frank Orth
21-Feb-1880 17-Mar-1962 Insp. Faraday on Boston Blackie


Betty Grable   ...   Jill Lynn
Victor Mature   ...   Frankie Christopher
Carole Landis   ...   Vicky Lynn
Laird Cregar   ...   Ed Cornell
William Gargan   ...   Jerry Mac Donald
Alan Mowbray   ...   Robin Ray
Allyn Joslyn   ...   Larry Evans
Elisha Cook, Jr.   ...   Harry Williams
Chick Chandler   ...   Reporter
Cyril Ring   ...   Reporter
Morris Ankrum   ...   Asst. District Attorney
Charles Lane   ...   Florist
Frank Orth   ...   Caretaker
Gregory Gaye   ...   Headwaiter
Mae Beatty   ...   Mrs. Handel


Review by Zet Torbjörn Astner (posted on 21-Nov-2009)

Not a great film by any means, it still is very much worth watching for tthe participation of Elisha Cook Jr, who, of course, is always wonderful to watch, and -- most importantly -- for Laird Cregar, who is simply mesmerizing! The plot is weak, the leads are rather dull, but Laird Cregar makes such a haunting and frightening and, eventually, moving portrait of his character, that you will not stop watching this movie until it has reached it's sad ending. Oh, it's a happy ending for the leads all right, but you don't even notice that -- all you think of is the tragedy of the police detective Ed Cornell, played by Laird Cregar. Don't miss out on this wonderful actor!

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