Strange Illusion

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 20 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: 2013
  • Originally Released: 1945
  • Label: Mr Fat - W Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 7


User Ratings: 467
Rating: 4/5 -- Though saddled with the script's fetish for Freud, Ulmer stylizes his thriller without sending it adrift. Like his other great films, Strange Illusion is a shaggy quickie that takes fine shape throughout.
Film Threat
Feb 18, 2011
Rating: 2/4 -- Strange Illusion marks prolific filmmaker Edgar G. Ulmer's trip into Hitchcock territory, with often underwhelming results. Full Review
Reel Film Reviews
Dec 5, 2003
Rating: 3/5 -- A lesser Ulmer.
San Francisco Examiner
Jan 17, 2003
Rating: B- -- An engrossing premise courtesy of Mr. Shakespeare. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Sep 19, 2004
Hamlet on Poverty Row Full Review
Apr 2, 2010
Visually inventive crime thriller, with many strange sequences. Full Review
Classic Film and Television
Jan 18, 2005

Product Description:

In one of the most hallucinatory openings of 1940s movies, a boy's dead father comes to him in a dream, warning him to beware of the man his mother intends to remarry. The boy, Paul Cartwright (James Lydon) wakes up from the dream, but finds it's coming true when he learns his mother (Sally Ethers) has been dating a slick charmer named Brett Curtis (Warren Williams). Paul suspects Brett's a murderer, but his mom and sister (Jayne Hazard) are too smitten to listen. It's HAMLET, American-style, as Paul gathers evidence with a can-do teen spirit the tortured Dane could never quite muster. Acclaimed "B" director Edgar G. Ulmer (DETOUR, BLUEBEARD) makes sure the proceedings are infused with enough gloomy predestination and bizarre touches to make this a favorite among fans of his unusual cinematic style. Charles Arnt plays a sinister psychiatrist who tries to get Paul to believe his visions are the result of "Oedipal jealousy." Regis Toomey plays another doctor, who has his doubts. With Jimmy Clark and Mary McLeod as Paul's teenage pals, this plays like Hitchock meets the Hardy Boys, and is worth seeking out.


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  • Sales Rank: 43,768
  • UPC: 886470195541
  • Shipping Weight: 0.27/lbs (approx)
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