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||IMDB Rating: 7.3/10 from 2,487 votes
||Release: 31 October 1941 (USA) /
||Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
||Director: H. Bruce Humberstone,
||Stars: Alan Mowbray, Allyn Joslyn, Betty Grable, Carole Landis, Charles Lane, Chick Chandler, Cyril Ring, Elisha Cook Jr., Frank Orth, Gregory Gaye, Laird Cregar, May Beatty, Morris Ankrum, Victor Mature, William Gargan
||Synopsis: Promoter Frankie Christopher, being grilled by police in the murder of model Vicky Lynn, recalls in flashback: First meeting her as a waitress, Frankie decides to parlay her beauty into social acceptance and a lucrative career. He succeeds only too well: she's on the eve of deserting him for Hollywood...when someone kills her. Now Frankie gets the feeling that Inspector Ed Cornell is determined to pin the killing on him and only him. He's right. And the only one he can turn to for help is Jill, the victim's sister, who's been cool toward him... Written by Rod Crawford <email@example.com>
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A pretty waitress is given a shot at the big time by a handsome
impresario. She grabs her chance with alacrity, but Fate has plotted a
different course for her ...
Bruce Humberstone directs this attractive early noir with a strong
sense of visual style. His Director of Photography, Edward Cronjager,
wonders with elongated shadows and labyrinths of lattice.
Victor Mature looks good as Frankie Christopher, the romantic lead.
Always a fairly limited actor, he never the less captures his character's
ambivalence sufficiently well for the viewer to be kept wondering about
until the final reel. But for all Mature's efforts, Frankie remains a
lightweight. He spends more time onscreen than anyone else, but remains
the viewer's memory less successfully than the other three leads.
After almost a decade in films, Betty Grable was 25 years old in 1941
and already an established star when she took on the role of Jill Lynne.
Her character has psychological depth, and Grable does justice to the
Jill is the slightly staid older sister of Vicky the glamour girl. While
Vicky gives free rein to her every whim, Jill suppresses her id, but her
yearnings are simmering just below the surface.
Of course, those legendary Grable legs have to be put on display, and
we get three glimpses of Hollywood's most-insured thighs - first when the
two sisters flounce around in robes, discussing the letter, then when Jill
accompanies Frankie to the Lido Plunge, and finally when she is tottering
firescapes and over rooftops in her high heels.
Inspector Ed Cornell is a figure of stature, apparently a good guy,
one who fills the viewer with a sense of uneasy foreboding. Laird Cregar
captures brilliantly the bleakness and creepiness of Cornell, the cop who
starts the movie as a silent shadow, but who grows inexorably to dominate
the proceedings. The moment when Jill meets Cornell for the first time is
very dramatic one, just as Vicky's first encounter with the eerie
was disturbing. Robin Ray (Alan Mowbray) breaks down under interrogation,
and Cornell's stillness as the suspect sobs is rather unsettling. "You're
not a cop looking for a murderer," Cornell is told, and we become
increasingly aware that this repressed man is conducting some kind of
unhealthy personal crusade. It is only at the very end of the film that
Cornell displays any emotion, and then the floodgates open.
Carole Landis, the ill-starred actress who plays Vicky Lynne,
a special mention. Like her character, whose fictional tragedy she
paralleled in her own life, Landis was a victim of her own beauty. A
but brittle radiance, total self-absorption and an impatience with the
trappings of success ("I've got about as much privacy as a lingerie
mannequin!") are Vicky's salient attributes, but could be said to apply to
Landis herself. She gives a confident performance and sings beautifully.
Like Vicky, she shot to instant fame but never found love, and died in her
20's. Thus does Life imitate Art.
The film contains some errors and improbabilities, but these do not
seriously detract from the viewer's enjoyment. Cornell gathers evidence
(such as discarded cigarette butts) with blatant disregard for
and continuity. That Harry should pack Jill's things, ready for her to
out, is just plain weird. The Assistant DA (played by Morris Ankrum)
Cornell far too hard, given the detective's peerless reputation - and
the lawyer have direct operational command over a detective anyway?
is allowed to compound felonies, and threaten cops, with impunity.
Unbelievably, the police grant him the freedom to crack the case, even
though he is the main suspect.
Music is used effectively throughout. "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"
(the hit from the recent 'Wizard Of Oz') is Frankie and Jill's love theme.
Vicky's signature tune is a wonderfully decadent jazz melody, brassily
scored. Plot points are nicely underlined by discords in the incidental
music, and during Cornell's final speech, Vicky's theme is reprised with
great poignance and beauty on a muted trumpet.
We do not normally associate film noir with humour, but this one uses
jokes well, both to punctuate the plot and to add a little light to the
shade. Watch for gentle little gags involving latch keys, a Tootsie Roll,
the girl at the Lido Plunge and a fold-away bed.
"You've got a heart made out of rock candy," Vicky is told, and in
the hard young woman is an unsympathetic character. Death transforms her,
and she haunts the remainder of the film like a sort of ghost, her
photograph adorning walls and bedside tables, more appealing in reverie
she ever was in the flesh. There is no help for it, Vicky is gone for
The question is whether those who loved her can continue to live without
hope. "It can be done," intones the nihilistic Cornell.
Just for the record, though two characters are startled out of sleep
bedroom intruders, nobody in "I Wake Up Screaming" wakes up
Tags for I Wake Up Screaming Full Movie
, Allyn Joslyn
, Betty Grable
, Carole Landis
, Charles Lane
, Chick Chandler
, Cyril Ring
, Elisha Cook Jr.
, Frank Orth
, Gregory Gaye
, Laird Cregar
, May Beatty
, Morris Ankrum
, Victor Mature
, William Gargan
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