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I Wake Up Screaming (1941) was a Crime - Film Noir Film directed by H. Bruce Humberstone and produced by Milton Sperling.

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Betty Grable, Victor Mature, and Carole Landis star in "I Wake Up Screaming"

By Stephen Reginald on Jun 13, 2022 From Classic Movie Man

Betty Grable, Victor Mature, and Carole Landis star in "I Wake Up Screaming" I Wake Up Screaming (1941) is an American film noir directed by H. Bruce Humberstone and starring Betty Grable, Victor Mature, and Carole Landis. Other cast members include Laird Cregar, Alan Mowbray, Allyn Joslyn, Eli... Read full article


FAVOURITE MOVIES: I Wake Up Screaming (1941)

on Feb 17, 2020 From Caftan Woman

I first saw I Wake Up Screaming in my teen years thanks to TV Ontario's Saturday Night at the Movies. I have vivid memories of my reaction to the story, the characters, and its glorious shadows. I was enthralled and wondered if there were more movies like it. The screenplay is by Dwight Taylo... Read full article


I Wake up Screaming (1941)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 1, 2015 From 4 Star Films

So the title doesn’t have a bearing on much of anything, but who cares? It sets the tone brilliantly for this wickedly twisted noir. The film opens like other films, after the death of a beautiful young women. Two people are getting grilled in adjoining rooms. Frankie Christopher (Victor Matur... Read full article


I Wake up Screaming (1941)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 1, 2015 From 4 Star Films

So the title doesn’t have a bearing on much of anything, but who cares? It sets the tone brilliantly for this wickedly twisted noir. The film opens like other films, after the death of a beautiful young woman. Two people are getting grilled in adjoining rooms. Frankie Christopher (Victor Matur... Read full article


I Wake Up Screaming (1941)

By Beatrice on Jun 23, 2014 From Flickers in Time

I Wake Up Screaming Directed by H. Bruce Humberstone Written by Dwight Taylor from a novel by Steve Fisher 1941/USA Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Repeat viewing/Netflix rental Larry Evans: No, but the rest of it isn’t on the menu. Vicky Lynn: You couldn’t afford it if it was. ... Read full article


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Vicky Lynn: Is that all?
Larry Evans: No, but the rest of it isn't on the menu.
Vicky Lynn: You couldn't afford it if it was.


Ed Cornell: What she meant we'll never know. It's what she said that counts.


Ed Cornell: When I get all my evidence together, I'm gonna have you tied up like a pig in a slaughterhouse.


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Two famous melodies are heard in the Cyril J. Mockridge background score: "Over the Rainbow" (music by Harold Arlen, lyrics, not sung here, by E.Y. Harburg) from The Wizard of Oz, and Alfred Newman's theme from Street Scene.
According to the DVD, this film was originally titled "Hot Spot" and a title sequence was shot using this (included on the DVD without music), but subsequently dropped in favor of "I Wake Up Screaming." However, the title "Hot Spot" was retained for its UK release, and British prints incorporate the original title sequence.
When Laird Crager went on a ride-along with L.A. police during the shoot, he was caught up in a real shooting. Cregar also reported for work shortly after an emergency appendectomy, against his doctor's orders.
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