Nightmare (1956 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Maxwell Shane|
|Produced by||William H. Pine
William C. Thomas
|Screenplay by||Maxwell Shane|
|Based on||And So to Death
by Cornell Woolrich
|Starring||Edward G. Robinson
|Music by||Herschel Burke Gilbert|
|Cinematography||Joseph F. Biroc|
|Edited by||George A. Gittens|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
New Orleans big band clarinetist Stan Grayson (Kevin McCarthy) has a nightmare in which he sees himself in a mirrored room, killing a man. He awakens to find blood on himself, bruises on his neck, and a key from the dream in his hand.
Grayson goes to his brother-in-law, police detective Rene Bressard (Edward G. Robinson), about the problem but is dismissed. Later, the two men go on a picnic in the country with Grayson's girlfriend and sister. Grayson leads them to an empty house, the house of his dream, when it begins to rain. They are shocked to see that the house has a mirrored room just like in his dream. After it is found out that a murder did indeed take place, Grayson becomes Bressard's number one suspect.
Grayson, stressed out and suicidal, protests his innocence, which makes Bressard dig deeper. That leads to them finding out about a hypnotist in Grayson's building who apparently set up the musician for murder.
- Edward G. Robinson as Rene Bressard
- Kevin McCarthy as Stan Grayson
- Connie Russell as Gina, Stan's Girl
- Virginia Christine as Mrs. Sue Bressard
- Rhys Williams as Deputy Torrence
- Gage Clarke as Harry Britten
- Marian Carr as Madge Novick
- Barry Atwater as Capt. Warner
- Meade Lux Lewis as Meade
- Billy May and His Orchestra as Themselves
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Nightmare was directed by longtime screenwriter Maxwell Shane, later the producer of the horror anthology television series Thriller in the early 1960s. He directed both versions of the film. Billy May and His Orchestra perform in this version.
Even though Robinson was not the hypnotist in the film, he was promoted as such in the film's movie posters.