Fear in the Night is a good psychological melodrama, unfolded at fast clip and will please the whodunit-and-how fans.
Maxwell Shane, who scripted from a William Irish [= Cornell Woolrich] story, [Nightmare,] also directed. It’s his first directorial chore. He realizes on meller elements for full worth. Plot concerns young man who awakens one morning after dream that he has killed a man. Reality of dream is strengthened when he finds strange button and key in his pocket. He seeks aid from his detective brother-in-law.
Paul Kelly is a believable cop who aids DeForest Kelley solve nightmare riddle.