I Wake up Screaming

I Wake up Screaming

Betty Grable
Director: H. Bruce Humberstone Cast: Betty Grable
Betty Grable
, Victor Mature
Victor Mature
, Carole Landis
Carole Landis
H. Bruce Humberstone


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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 interlocking flashbacks at the opening of the movie that explain a ton of plot in very little time. Both are released after admitting nothing, and the police begin working on other suspects, including journalist Larry Evans (Allyn Joslyn), aging actor Robin Ray (Alan Mowbray), and hotel clerk William Harrison (Elisha Cook Jr.) Jill had little use for Frankie, the man who had been promoting her sister's career, but the two are drawn together in the course of trying to sort out their lives and the murder of her sister, and her realization that Frankie is capable of truly loving a woman, and not just exploiting her. Meanwhile, Cornell makes it his business to pressure and torment Frankie, illegally entering his apartment and promising him an arrest and a death sentence. Eventually, the noose seems to tighten around Frankie as the circumstantial evidence piles up, until Frankie, trying to clear himself, uncovers a clue leading back to the real killer -- who was known to Cornell all along. Confronting the detective in his apartment, Frankie discovers a veritable shrine to Vicky -- copies of her magazine covers and photos filling the walls of his apartment -- and learns that the man had his own dark reasons for wanting to kill him. His psychosis finally catching up with him, his career and reputation in ruins, Cornell reveals the truth to Frankie as he proceeds to take his own life.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/01/2016
UPC: 0738329206574
Original Release: 1941
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 1:22:00
Sales rank: 8,353

Special Features

Audio Commentary by Film Noir Historian Eddie Muller; Alternate Hot Spot Opening Title Sequence; Animated Image Gallery; Alternate Hot Sopt Ad Campaigns; "Daddy" Deleted Scene; Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Betty Grable Jill Lynn
Victor Mature Frankie Christopher (Botticelli)
Carole Landis Vicky Lynn
Laird Cregar Ed Cornell
Elisha Cook Harry Williams
William Gargan Jerry McDonald
Alan Mowbray Robin Ray
Allyn Joslyn Larry Evans
Chick Chandler Reporter
Cyril Ring Reporter
Morris Ankrum Assistant District Attorney
Brooks Benedict Man
Stanley Blystone Actor
Wade Boteler Actor
Russ Clark Policeman
Stanley Clements Actor
Dorothy Dearing Girl at Table
Eddie Dunn Actor
Ralph Dunn Actor
James Flavin Actor
George Hickman Newsboy
Pat McKee Newsman
Edward McWade Actor
Philip Morris Detective
Forbes Murray Mr. Handel
Albert Pollet Waiter
Dick Rich Actor
Tim Ryan Actor
Harry Seymour Bartender
Harry Strang Actor
Basil Walker Actor
Paul Weigel Old Man
Cecil Weston Police Matron
Charles Lane Florist Keating
Frank Orth Undertaker
Gregory Gaye Headwaiter
May Beatty Lady Hendel

Technical Credits
H. Bruce Humberstone Director
Harold Barlow Songwriter
Edward J. Cronjager Cinematographer
Richard Day Art Director
Bernard Freericks Sound/Sound Designer
Lewis Harris Songwriter
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Nathan Juran Art Director
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Cyril Mockridge Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Guy Pearce Makeup
Robert L. Simpson Editor
Milton Sperling Producer
Dwight Taylor Screenwriter
Gwen Wakeling Costumes/Costume Designer

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