Nightmare in the Sun

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Nightmare in the Sun
Nightmare movieposter.jpg
original movie poster
Directed by John Derek
Marc Lawrence
Produced by Marc Lawrence
Written by George Fass
Fanya Foss
Starring Ursula Andress
John Derek
Aldo Ray
Sammy Davis Jr.
Richard Jaeckel
Music by Paul Glass
Cinematography Stanley Cortez
Edited by Douglas Stewart
Distributed by Zodiac Films
Release date
  • March 6, 1965 (1965-03-06)
Running time
80 min.
Country United States

Nightmare in the Sun (1965) is a film drama directed by John Derek and Marc Lawrence, and written by George Fass and Fanya Foss, about a murderous affair.

Derek starred along with Ursula Andress and Aldo Ray. Smaller roles in the film featured Sammy Davis, Jr. and Robert Duvall.


Beautiful young Marsha Wilson is married to a wealthy, jealous, much-older man. She picks up a handsome hitch-hiker one day, brings him back to husband Sam Wilson's ranch and falls for him.

Marsha wants to run off with the hitch-hiker, but he, too, is married and won't take her along. Sam returns home in a jealous rage, discovers what happened and kills Marsha with a rifle in a drunken rage.

The town's sheriff concocts a scheme to blackmail Sam, promising to frame the hitch-hiker for Marsha's murder provided Sam in exchange for a hefty payment.

The hitch-hiker is caught and jailed, escapes and then is recaptured. By then, a remorseful Sam has had enough. He kills the sheriff, then confesses to committing both murders.


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