Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Alfred L. Werker
(as Alfred Werker)
|Produced by||Aubrey Schenck|
|Written by||William O'Farrell (novel)|
|Screenplay by||Walter Bullock|
|Music by||George Antheil|
|Cinematography||L. William O'Connell|
|Edited by||Louis Sackin|
Bryan For Productions
|Distributed by||Eagle-Lion Films|
|Budget||$600,000 or $1.3 million|
Repeat Performance is a 1947 American film noir crime film starring Louis Hayward and Joan Leslie. The time travel picture combines elements of a 1940s drama with a science fiction twist. The film was released by Eagle-Lion Films, directed by Alfred L. Werker, and produced by Aubrey Schenck.
On New Year's Eve 1946, a woman is standing over her dead husband with a gun in her hand. She panics and goes to her friends for help. While seeking help from her friends at a pair of parties, she wishes that she could live 1946 all over again.
Magically, because she wished exactly at the strike of midnight on New Year's, her wish is granted and she is transported back to the beginning of 1946 with her husband alive. She attempts to relive the year without making the mistakes she and her friends made throughout the year, but certain events repeat themselves nonetheless, leaving Sheila to question whether there really is such a thing as fate or not.
The story climaxes again on New Year's Eve, when through Sheila's interferences over the year, her husband becomes convinced that she's trying to destroy him. He violently confronts her. Her friend William, who believed in Sheila's foresight, shoots her husband with her gun.
- Louis Hayward as Barney Page
- Joan Leslie as Sheila Page
- Virginia Field as Paula Costello
- Tom Conway as John Friday
- Richard Basehart as William Williams
- Natalie Schafer as Eloise Shaw
- Benay Venuta as Bass Michaels
- Ilka Grüning as Mattle (as Ilka Gruning)
The film changed the original story where the girl was the villain because it was felt Joan Leslie could not play a villain.
Tone was paid $100,000 for his performance.
- Tom Weaver, It Came from Horrorwood: Interviews with Moviemakers in the SF and Horror Tradition McFarland, 2000 p 272
- "Eagle-Lion's US Performance Reviewed by Foy in NY", Variety, 19 March 1947 p 13