Fear (1946 film)

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Fear Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Alfred Zeisler
Produced by Lindsley Parsons
Screenplay by Dennis Cooper
Alfred Zeisler
Based on Crime and Punishment 
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Starring Peter Cookson
Warren William
Music by Edward J. Kay
Cinematography Jackson Rose
Edited by Ace Herman
Distributed by Monogram Pictures Corporation
Release dates March 2, 1946 (1946-03-02TUnited States)
Running time 68 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Fear is a 1946 low-budget film noir directed by Alfred Zeisler. The film is considered a loose adaptation of Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment.[1]


A broke medical student in desperate need of tuition money sells everything he owns to a dishonest professor. When the student's scholarship is suddenly taken from him, he flies into a rage and kills the professor, whom he feels is responsible for his situation. His life then begins to improve, but as the student grows more reckless, police suspicion continues to grow.


Critical reception[edit]

Film historians Alain Silver and Elizabeth Ward give the film a positive review. "This low budget film is hardly pure Dostoevsky, but it has a visual style superior to and more cohesive than the typical Monogram product."[2]

Film critic Dennis Schwartz gave the film a mixed review, and wrote, "Zeisler cowrites with Dennis Cooper, supplying this adequate interpretation with a twist psychological ending. For a cheaply made Monogram B-film, it's mildly satisfying but certainly not on a par with Dostoyevsky.[3]


  1. ^ Fear at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Silver, Alain, and Elizabeth Ward, eds. Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style, film noir analysis by Bob Porfiero, page 102, 3rd edition, 1992. Woodstock, New York: The Overlook Press. ISBN 0-87951-479-5.
  3. ^ Schwartz, Dennis. "Ozus' World Movie Reviews", film review, November 16, 2004. Last accessed: February 7, 2010.

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