Monday, May 4, 2009

Dead of Night

I saw Dead of Night last night. A story about Walter Craig who inadvertently travels to the home of his reoccurring nightmare and meets people who inhabit that nightmare. They all share their stories of the supernatural to a disbelieving psychoanalyst, Dr. Van Straaten who in turn, shares a story that puzzles even him. He tells the story of The Ventriloquist's Dummy, which features Michael Redgrave who plays the best character in the whole film. I don't want to give too much away, suffice it to say he does a great impersonation of ventriloquist dummy.
Directed by four different people, some of the stories were spooky and the ending had a twist that I think could have been better played out but, overall, Dead of Night was interesting.

Tonight on TCM!

Payment Deferred(1932) A milquetoast kills for money and finds it a hard habit to break.Cast: Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Sullivan, Dorothy Peterson, Verree Teasdale Dir: Lothar Mendes

The Big Clock (1948)
A corrupt publisher tries to frame a career-driven editor for murder.Cast: Ray Milland, Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Sullivan, George Macready Dir: John Farrow

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