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  • Dead of Night.

    This was the film that made me a fan of Michael Redgrave with his performance as Ventriloquist Maxwell Frere. But the full film is a great watch overall.

    Each of the story segments are unique and it goes very well with the main narrative. A brilliant watch and my favourite British film ever.

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    A great film, and I always empathise with the Mervyn Johns character, and yes, Michael Redgrave is tremendous. Started a vogue for anthology films, like the W Somerset Maugham films, and twenty years later Amicus started their horror anthologies.

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    • #3
      One of my favourite films, Googie is in this too .

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      • #4
        I knew this film by reputation only for years . Finally caught up thanks to the review at britishhorrorfilms.co.uk .
        Recognise its influence .
        'Room for one inside ' . .
        Last edited by AlecLeamas; 26 December 2019, 08:25 PM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by googiefan View Post
          One of my favourite films, Googie is in this too .
          Yes I liked her in the Mirror story. I also like Googie in Port of Escape.

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          • #6
            I agree, Googie was good in everything.

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            • #7
              Apart from the story with Googie, I love the story with Michael Redgrave and Hugo, the ventriloquist. Wouldn’t I, wouldn’t I wouldn’t I. A great few words from Hugo.

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              • #8
                One of my favourites too. I loved the mirror story with Googie and Miles Malleson’s delivery of that line..”room for one more inside sir...” and I’ve always found ventriloquist dummy’s creepy, it’s all Hugo’s fault!

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                • #9
                  I think you’re right about Hugo, he’s the reason I find them creepy too. I wonder what happened to the actual dummy?

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                  • #10
                    I know the top half of him got battered in Michael Redgrave’s cell god that noise it made was horrible, that dull thud . They must’ve made another head for that bit at the very end (spoiler alert!) when it walks towards the bed in the cell? Unless they made two of them!! What a thought!

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                    • #11
                      It seems that Hugo was played by John McGuire in the shots where he moved and walked, so he would've been made up to look like the dummy.

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                      • #12
                        thanks Gerald, I’m glad there’s not two of them!

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                        • #13
                          I think it was inspired to put the Charters and Caldicott segment in to lift our "spirits"

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Supernova Pilbeam View Post
                            I think it was inspired to put the Charters and Caldicott segment in to lift our "spirits"
                            That's a point of view, but personally I think it breaks up the flow of the thing, having the light-hearted bit so close to the end; it would have fitted better earlier on. Of course it may have been a deliberate move, to give the audience a breather before the scary last segment, but I still think it's too disruptive at that point.

                            Still one of my all-time favourite films though!

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                            • #15
                              Great film. I like the mirror and the attic room stories.

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