Scream in the Night

Scream in the Night

Director: Fred Newmeyer

Cast: Fred Newmeyer, Lon Chaney Jr., Sheila Terry, Manuel Lopez

     
 

Although released after The Shadow of Silk Lennox, this ultra low-budget mystery thriller was the first film in which Creighton Chaney used the billing Lon Chaney, Jr. The actor was persuaded to change his name by producer Ray Kirkwood, who promised to make 24 action melodramas with him as the star. Only two were actually made, however, and Scream in theSee more details below

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Although released after The Shadow of Silk Lennox, this ultra low-budget mystery thriller was the first film in which Creighton Chaney used the billing Lon Chaney, Jr. The actor was persuaded to change his name by producer Ray Kirkwood, who promised to make 24 action melodramas with him as the star. Only two were actually made, however, and Scream in the Night did not enjoy a wide release until 1943, when Chaney had become Universal's newest horror sensation. Detectives Jack Wilson (Chaney) and Wu Ting (Philip Ahn) are tracking the famous jewel thief Johnny Fly (Manuel Lopez) to Singapore, where Fly has stolen a priceless ruby belonging to lovely Edith Bentley (Sheila Terry). Wu Ting is murdered by one of Fly's underlings, the deformed Butch Curtain (also Chaney), and Edith gets herself kidnapped. Bearing some resemblance to the killer, Wilson manages to infiltrate the gang and free the girl. Kirkwood and director Fred Newmeyer obviously counted on Chaney, Jr. to deliver the goods as the deformed Butch Curtain, but Lon was not in a league with his legendary father no matter how hard he tried.Although released after The Shadow of Silk Lennox, this ultra low-budget mystery thriller was the first film in which Creighton Chaney used the billing Lon Chaney, Jr. The actor was persuaded to change his name by producer Ray Kirkwood, who promised to make 24 action melodramas with him as the star. Only two were actually made, however, and Scream in the Night did not enjoy a wide release until 1943, when Chaney had become Universal's newest horror sensation. Detectives Jack Wilson (Chaney) and Wu Ting (Philip Ahn) are tracking the famous jewel thief Johnny Fly (Manuel Lopez) to Singapore, where Fly has stolen a priceless ruby belonging to lovely Edith Bentley (Sheila Terry). Wu Ting is murdered by one of Fly's underlings, the deformed Butch Curtain (also Chaney), and Edith gets herself kidnapped. Bearing some resemblance to the killer, Wilson manages to infiltrate the gang and free the girl. Kirkwood and director Fred Newmeyer obviously counted on Chaney, Jr. to deliver the goods as the deformed Butch Curtain, but Lon was not in a league with his legendary father no matter how hard he tried.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Lon Chaney, still billed as Creighton Chaney plays detective Jack Wilson clean-shaven and the vicious Butch Curtain with plenty of makeup and crepe hair covering most of his so identifiable heavy features. Thus it becomes a cinch for Wilson to impersonate Curtain, until, that is, Zarah Tazil discovers the truth by kissing him. That is the kind of film Scream in the Night is, farfetched, slightly on the dull side and badly handled from a technical point of view. Recommended for diehard Chaney fans only!

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2003
UPC:
0089218422996
Original Release:
1935
Rating:
NR
Source:
Alpha Video
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
0:58:00
Sales rank:
86,275

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Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [6:56]
2. Chapter 2 [8:19]
3. Chapter 3 [11:31]
4. Chapter 4 [10:53]
5. Chapter 5 [11:57]
6. Chapter 6 [7:55]

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