Dead of Night

Dead of Night

Mervyn Johns
Director: Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer
Cast: Mervyn Johns
Alberto Cavalcanti
Dead of Night

Dead of Night

Mervyn Johns
Director: Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer
Cast: Mervyn Johns
Alberto Cavalcanti

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Overview

Considered the greatest horror anthology film, the classic British chiller Dead of Night features five stories of supernatural terror from four different directors, yet it ultimately feels like a unified whole. The framing device is simple but unsettling, as a group of strangers find themselves inexplicably gathered at an isolated country estate, uncertain why they have come. The topic of conversation soon turns to the world of dreams and nightmares, and each guest shares a frightening event from his/her own past. Many of these tales have become famous, including Basil Dearden's opening vignette about a ghostly driver with "room for one more" in the back of his hearse. Equally eerie are Robert Hamer's look at a haunted antique mirror that gradually begins to possess its owner's soul, and Alberto Cavalcanti's ghost story about a mysterious young girl during a Christmas party. Legendary Ealing comedy director Charles Crichton lightens the mood with an amusing interlude about the spirit of a deceased golfer haunting his former partner, leaving viewers vulnerable to Cavalcanti's superb and much-imitated closing segment, about a ventriloquist (Michael Redgrave) slowly driven mad when his dummy appears to come to life. Deservedly acclaimed and highly influential, Dead of Night's episodic structure inspired an entire genre of lesser imitators.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/10/2015
UPC: 0644827653522
Original Release: 1945
Source: Reel Vault
Region Code: 1
Language: English
Sales rank: 22,762

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mervyn Johns Walter Craig
Roland Culver Eliot Foley
Mary Merrall Mrs. Foley
Googie Withers Joan Cortland
Frederick Valk Dr. Van Straaten
Anthony Baird Hugh Grainger(as Antony Baird)
Sally Ann Howes Sally O'Hara
Robert Wyndham Dr. Albury
Judy Kelly Joyce Grainger
Miles Malleson Hearse Driver
Michael Allan Jimmy Watson
Barbara Leake Mrs. O'Hara
Ralph Michael Peter Cortland
Esme Percy Antique Dealer(as Esmé Percy)
Basil Radford George Parratt
Naunton Wayne Larry Potter
Peggy Bryan Mary Lee
Allan Jeayes Maurice Olcott
Michael Redgrave Maxwell Frere
Elisabeth Welch Beulah
Hartley Power Sylvester Kee
John McGuire Hugo
Georges Auric Composer

Technical Credits
Alberto Cavalcanti Director
Charles Crichton Director
Basil Dearden Director
Robert Hamer Director
Michael Balcon Producer
Angus MacPhail Screenwriter
Cliff John Richardson Special Effects
Sidney Cole Producer
Lionel Banes Special Effects
John Baines Screenwriter
T.E.B. Clarke Screenwriter
John Croydon Producer
Eric Williams Sound/Sound Designer
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