Fear (1946 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Alfred Zeisler|
|Produced by||Lindsley Parsons|
|Screenplay by||Dennis Cooper
|Based on||Crime and Punishment
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
|Music by||Edward J. Kay|
|Editing by||Ace Herman|
|Distributed by||Monogram Pictures Corporation|
|Release dates||March 2, 1946|
|Running time||68 minutes|
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.
- Peter Cookson as Larry Crain
- Warren William as Police Capt. Burke
- Anne Gwynne as Eileen Stevens
- Francis Pierlot as Prof. Stanley
- Nestor Paiva ... Detective Shaefer
- James Cardwell as Ben - a Student
- Almira Sessions as Mrs. Williams - Landlady
- William Moss as Al
- Harry Clay as Student
- Johnny Strong as Student
- Ernie Adams as House Painter
- Charles Calvert as Doc
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."
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.
- Fear at the Internet Movie Database
- 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.
- Schwartz, Dennis. "Ozus' World Movie Reviews", film review, November 16, 2004. Last accessed: February 7, 2010.