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

DVD (Special Edition / Subtitled)

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Overview

A phone rings. Architect Mervyn Johns is wakened from a nightmare and summoned to the country estate of Roland Culver. Here he meets several strangers, all of whom seem vaguely familiar to him. The conversation turns to nightmares, with each guest relating a recent disturbing dream or real-life event. Anthony Baird weaves a tale about being invited into a hearse with the words "Room for one more, sir." Teen-ager Sally Ann Howes speaks of the time that she met a strange, melancholy child dressed in 19th-century garb during a birthday party. Googie Withers recalls with a shudder how an antique mirror purchased by her husband Ralph Michael nearly prompted her strangulation. There is a comic interlude involving golfers Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne, one of whom is flummoxed by the ubiquitous ghost of the other. The best is saved till last: the story of unbalanced ventriloquist Michael Redgrave and his malevolent dummy. At the end of this round-robin, Johns suddenly and without warning kills psychiatrist Frederick Valk -- just as he predicted that he would. Johns runs from the house, confronting scenes from the various aforementioned nightmares, and then finds himself safe in his own bed. It's all been a horrible dream. And then, the phone rings, and Johns is summoned to the country estate of Roland Culver.....Perhaps the single most influential "portmanteau" film ever made, Dead of Night was for years available only in a crudely re-edited version, eliminated the Sally Ann Howes and the "golfing" vignettes. Even when fully restored, the full effect of the film was lost whenever some thick-witted projectionist would shut off the film before the "deja vu" closing credits.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2019
UPC: 0738329236311
Original Release: 1945
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Language: English
Time: 1:43:00
Sales rank: 38,595

Special Features

Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas; Remembering Dead of Night - Documentary

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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