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Strange Illusion

Synopsis
Film noir thriller B movie with loose connections to Hamlet. Paul (Lydon), has a recurring dream in which his father died in a car accident under mysterious circumstances and his mother (Eilers) falls in love with the dangerous Brett Curtis (William) whom Paul thinks may be his father’s murderer. Paul’s feigned and real madness in an attempt to stop his mother’s marriage to Curtis have led critics to cite parallels with Hamlet.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of release
1945
Duration
85 mins

Credits

Director
Edgar G Ulmer
Producer
Leon Fromkess
Cinematographer
Benjamin H Kline; Eugen Schufftan; Philip Tannura
Screenplay
Adele Comandini; Fritz Rotter
Cast
James LydonPaul Cartwright (Hamlet)
Warren WilliamBrett Curtis (Claudius)
Sally EilersCartwight’s mother (Gertrude)
Charles ArntProfessor Muhlbach (Polonius)
Mary McLeodLydia (Ophelia)

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
From an original story by Fritz Rotter.
Reviews
`STRANGE ILLUSION wants to be taken seriously, but that is impossible with atrocious dialogue, lumbering direction and a third-rate cast’. Rosenthal, Daniel. 100 Shakespeare Films. London:BFI, 2007. p. 21

Production Company

Name

Producers Releasing Corporation

Archive

Name

Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound Division

Web
http://catalog.loc.gov/ External site opens in new window
Phone
(20) 707-8572
Fax
(20) 707-237’1
Address
Motion Picture & Television Reading Room
James Madison Building, LM 336
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C.
20540-4690
United States

Online Retailer

Name

amazon.com

Web
http://www.amazon.com External site opens in new window

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