I Wake Up Screaming | Chicago Reader

I Wake Up Screaming

H. Bruce Humberstone was an amiable Fox contract director (Charlie Chan at the Opera, Sun Valley Serenade); this 1941 feature is his one film with something extra going for it, a tough little thriller with memorable atmosphere and character work. When model Carole Landis is murdered, suspicion falls on an innocent Victor Mature; he manages to convince the victim's sister, Betty Grable, to help him clear his name. But the picture is dominated by Laird Cregar, one of the finest character actors of the 40s (The Lodger, Heaven Can Wait). He plays the cynical detective on their trail, and his well-mannered creepiness was never used more effectively than here. With Alan Mowbray, Elisha Cook Jr., and William Gargan. 82 min.

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