Strange Illusion (March 31, 1945)
Released on March 31, 1945: Paul has a recurring dream about the death of his father and a homicidal maniac that woos and wins his mother, and the dream is now coming true.
Produced by Leon Fromkess
Directed by Edward G. Ulmer
Written by Fritz Rotter with screenplay by Adele Comandini
The Actors: Jimmy Lydon (Paul Cartwright), Warren William (Brett Curtis), Sally Eilers (Virginia Cartwright, Paul's mother), Regis Toomey (Dr. Vincent), Charles Arnt (Professor Muhlbach), George Reed (Benjamin), Jayne Hazard (Dorothy Cartwright, Paul's sister), Jimmy Clark (George), Mary McLeod (Lydia), Pierre Watkin (Armstrong), Sonia Sorel (Charlotte Farber, Muhlbach's nurse), Victor Potel (Mac, the game warden), George Sherwood (Langdon), Gene Roth (Sparky), John Hamilton (Bill Allen, banker), Edmund Cobb (police driver), Theresa Harris (the maid), Charles Wagenheim (Tom, Armstrong's assistant)
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The Teenager, the Demented Killer, and the Wealthy Widow
Paul Cartwright is a troubled teenage boy. Sure, he has a swell home, a pretty girlfriend, and plans to go to college and become a lawyer and judge like his father, but Paul has something else. Paul has a recurring nightmare.
Paul’s father, Judge Cartwright, was accidentally killed in a car that was hit by a train, but Paul has a different dream about the night his father died. Paul sees a truck with a sign and the word ‘Acme’ on it. Paul watches the truck force his father’s car onto the tracks to be crushed by the oncoming train. Paul also hears phrases spoken by the demented killer, and sees his widowed mother falling in love with the man who murdered his father.
Paul tells his Uncle, who is a doctor, about the dream while they are on a fishing trip, including the words he heard and the truck he saw. His uncle, played by Regis Toomey, explains that what Paul is dreaming about is not reality, but only the mysterious ways that dreams combine fanciful nonsense mixed up with bits of reality in our minds.
Then Dr. Vincent and Paul decide to cut the fishing trip short and head back home where Paul can forget about his nightmare dream. Unfortunately, the dream that he has told his uncle about begins to come true. The words that he heard are spoken by the strange man who has suddenly become his mother’s sweetheart and intended new husband. The one thing that Paul didn’t dream about was his own death at the hands of the killer, and that’s probably a good thing. . . . Maybe. . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Charles Arnt and Sonia Sorel
Charles Arnt and Warren William
Jimmy Lydon and Jimmy Clark
Jimmy Lydon and Regis Toomey
Regis Toomey and Charles Arnt
Regis Toomey, Jimmy Lydon and Jayne Hazard
Regis Toomey and Jimmy Lydon
Sally Eilers and Jayne Hazard
Sally Eilers and Jimmy Lydon
Sally Eilers and Warren William
Victor Potel and Jimmy Lydon
Warren William and Jimmy Lydon