‘I Wake Up Screaming,’ directed by H Bruce Humberstone

Movie, 1941

Stylistic, noir-ish thriller, where there’s a fair amount going on, though not all of it, at times, enough to keep things ticking as consistently as they might. While most of the acting is ok, some of the signalling and use of light and shadow throw overly-dubious hints about who to trust and who not to, while the over-use of dramatic music, particularly Somewhere Over the Rainbow, rather saps the atmosphere. Still, a good looking film for sure, with the plot looking all Pygmalion at first, before fading and fizzling a little, to a rather predictable conclusion. Not bad, though a little black and white, metaphorically as well as literally speaking.


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