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Strange Illusion (1945)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 31 March 1945 (USA)
Paul, a young man whose father was once lieutenant Governor of California before his untimely death, has a strange, recurring dream in which his mother falls in love with a dangerous man (... See full summary »

Director:

Edgar G. Ulmer

Writers:

Adele Comandini (screenplay), Fritz Rotter (original story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jimmy Lydon ... Paul Cartwright (as James Lydon)
Warren William ... Brett Curtis
Sally Eilers ... Virginia Cartwright
Regis Toomey ... Dr. Vincent
Charles Arnt ... Professor Muhlbach
George Reed ... Benjamin (as George H. Reed)
Jayne Hazard ... Dorothy Cartwright
Jimmy Clark Jimmy Clark ... George Hanover
Mary McLeod Mary McLeod ... Lydia
Pierre Watkin ... District Attorney Wallace Armstrong
Sonia Sorel Sonia Sorel ... Charlotte Farber
Victor Potel ... Mac - Game Warden (as Vic Potel)
George Sherwood George Sherwood ... Langdon
Gene Roth ... Sparky (as Gene Stutenroth)
John Hamilton ... Bill Allen
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Paul, a young man whose father was once lieutenant Governor of California before his untimely death, has a strange, recurring dream in which his mother falls in love with a dangerous man (Brett Curtis), a dream which also contains the image of his father's death in an automobile accident under mysterious circumstances. Through the help of his friend, a psychiatrist, Paul realizes that his dream is coming true, and that his mother is falling under Curtis's influence. Curtis, in fact, is a homicidal maniac who lives as an out-patient at the sanitarium of the unscrupulous Dr. Muhlbach. When Curtis makes an attempt to marry Paul's mother, Paul intervenes, and after a series of events discovers the truth behind his dreams. Written by Wheeler Winston Dixon

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

First Illusion See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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[first lines]
Paul Cartwright: I'm Paul Cartwright, my father was Judge Albert Cartwright, once lieutenant governor of the state, he was killed two years ago in a mysterious accident. We were not only father and son, but friends. The shock of his violent death still haunts my mind, my nights are troubled by strange dreams.
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Referenced in Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen (2004) See more »

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Just an over imaginative dream?
17 August 2004 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

It is told that STRANGE ILLUSION was made in little over two weeks with very, very limited funds and fading star power. But director Edgar G. Ulmer had full reins to do what he could with what he had. Still a decent B-movie with plenty of intrigue. The opening "allusive dream" of college lad Paul Cartwright(Jimmy Lydon)is to set up the story line. His well respected father dies mysteriously in a train/car accident which leads to haunting nightmares in which his father warns him of oncoming danger to his mother(Sally Eilers)caused by a mysterious stranger that wants to cause harm to the family. Inter the mystery man Brett Curtis(Warren William)introduced as the widow Cartwright's suitor. Lydon's character becomes a little obsessed with Curtis wooing his mother and making disturbing advances toward his younger sister. Seeking help sorting out circumstances and illusions, Paul turns to a friend of the family Dr. Vincent(Regis Toomey). Next comes maneuvering in and out of a sanitarium and the revelation of false identity and the reason for the unfinished plot to cause destruction of the Cartwright family. This is an enjoyable little psychological melodrama. Also in the cast are: Charles Ant and George Reed.


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