Tightly-woven script [from stories by John V. Baines, Angus MacPhail, E.F. Benson and H.G. Wells] tells the story of a man who has foreknowledge of the future through his dreams. Summoned on business to a British estate, he's shocked to find that the place and people have all been in his dreams. When he tells his dream, one of the house-guests, a psychiatrist, scoffs at the story and attempts to find a scientific explanation for it all. Other guests, however, are more sympathetic and each then tells of a strange, similarly psychic situation in which he's been involved.

Tightly-woven script [from stories by John V. Baines, Angus MacPhail, E.F. Benson and H.G. Wells] tells the story of a man who has foreknowledge of the future through his dreams. Summoned on business to a British estate, he’s shocked to find that the place and people have all been in his dreams. When he tells his dream, one of the house-guests, a psychiatrist, scoffs at the story and attempts to find a scientific explanation for it all. Other guests, however, are more sympathetic and each then tells of a strange, similarly psychic situation in which he’s been involved.

Producer Michael Balcon turned each individual episode over to a different director and, told via flashback, they’re equally good. Best is the one featuring Redgrave as a ventriloquist whose dummy seemed imbued with a human brain and soul. Redgrave turns in a masterful piece of acting as he’s driven to ‘kill’ the dummy.

Dead of Night

UK

Production

Ealing. Director Alberto Cavalcanti, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer, Charles Crichton; Producer Michael Balcon; Screenplay John V. Baines, Angus MacPhail, T.E.B. Clarke; Camera Jack Parker, H. Julius; Editor Charles Hasse; Music Georges Auric; Art Director Michael Relph

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1945. Running time: 103 MIN.

With

Googie Withers Michael Redgrave Sally Ann Howes Mervyn Johns Roland Culver Frederick Valk
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