BN.com Gift Guide

Vicki

Overview

Although a few character names and minor details are different, Vicki is a fairly faithful remake of the 1941 murder melodrama I Wake Up Screaming. The title character, Vicki Lynn, played by Jean Peters, is a waitress who is transformed into a top fashion model by press agent Steve Christopher Elliot Reid. When Vicki is murdered, psychotic detective Ed Cornell Richard Boone tries to pin the blame on Christopher. In fact, Cornell knows who the real killer is, but he was so desperately and hopelessly in love with ...
See more details below
DVD (Subtitled / Pan & Scan / Dubbed)
$13.64
BN.com price
(Save 9%)$14.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (DVD)
  • All (8) from $6.95   
  • New (6) from $6.95   
  • Used (2) from $16.36   

Overview

Although a few character names and minor details are different, Vicki is a fairly faithful remake of the 1941 murder melodrama I Wake Up Screaming. The title character, Vicki Lynn, played by Jean Peters, is a waitress who is transformed into a top fashion model by press agent Steve Christopher Elliot Reid. When Vicki is murdered, psychotic detective Ed Cornell Richard Boone tries to pin the blame on Christopher. In fact, Cornell knows who the real killer is, but he was so desperately and hopelessly in love with the dead girl that he intends to railroad Christopher into the electric chair. With the help of Vicki's sister Jeanne Crain, Christopher tracks down the genuine culprit and exposes Cornell for the nutcase that he is. Featured in the cast is future TV producer Aaron Spelling.
Read More Show Less

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary: with film noir historian Foster Hirsch; Advertising gallery; Behind-the-scenes gallery; Interactive pressbook gallery; Original theatrical trailer
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Since Vicki is a surprisingly faithful remake of I Wake Up Screaming at least in terms of the screenplay, it's surprising that it's a fairly forgettable movie. The difference is in the cast and the director, and it's crucial. Victor Mature and Betty Grable in Screaming invested their roles with star power and surprisingly strong acting chops something one couldn't always say about these actors. Given the same roles and much of the same dialogue in Vicki, Elliott Reid and Jeanne Crain simply don't measure up. Reid is a total featherweight, unable to give the part anything more than a surface reading -- and he's annoying into the bargain. Crain was never a particularly distinguished actress; given careful handling by an attentive director, she could turn in a solid performance, but in Vicki she's just going through the motions. Most damaging, however, is Richard Boone, in a role that Laird Cregar made instantly memorable. Boone can't compare to Cregar; he's powerful certainly more so than his co-stars, but he's obvious and eventually irritating. He doesn't supply menace so much as an overbearing presence. Director Harry Horner should have helped him, but Horner didn't seem to be interested in doing much more than shooting and pointing. He does utilize cinematographer Milton Krasner to good effect, and the basic material is strong enough that Vicki keeps one's attention -- but it's far inferior to its source.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2006
  • UPC: 024543263579
  • Original Release: 1953
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled / Pan & Scan / Dubbed
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 41,400

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeanne Crain Jill Lynn
Jean Peters Vicki Lynn
Elliott Reid Steve Christopher
Richard Boone Lt. Ed Cornell
Casey Adams Larry Evans
Alex D'Arcy Robin Ray
Carl Betz Det. McDonald
Aaron Spelling Harry Williams
Roy Engel First Detective
Parley Baer Second Detective
Stuart Randall Third Detective
Russ Conway Detective
Jack Gargan Detective
Frank Gerstle Detective
Billy Nelson Wino
John Dehner Captain Donald, "Chief"
Richard Garland Reporter
Ramsay Ames Cafe Photographer
Frank Fenton Eric
Helene Hayden Connie
Harry Seymour Bartender
Irene Seidner Cleaning woman
Robert Adler Policeman
Charles Wagenheim Seedy man
Al Hill Bum
Charles "Heinie" Conklin Man
Jerry Sheldon
Richard West Delivery Man
Herschel Graham
Brandon Beach Man
Chet Brandenburg Milkman
Harry Carter Policeman
Kenneth Gibson Man
June Glory Woman
Ron Hargrave Boy
Paul Kruger Policeman
Burt Mustin Bellboy
Bonnie Paul Girl
Kathrun Sheldon Hotel clerk
Jack Mather Detective
Technical Credits
Harry Horner Director
Claude E. Carpenter Set Decoration/Design
Ken Darby Songwriter
Leonard Goldstein Producer
Harold R. Greene Screenwriter
Leigh Harline Score Composer
Richard Irvine Art Director
Ray Kellogg Special Effects
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Sr. Makeup
Renie Costumes/Costume Designer
Max Showalter Songwriter
Dorothy Spencer Editor
Dwight Taylor Screenwriter
Leo Townsend Screenwriter
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Read More Show Less

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fox Film Noir, Vol. 19: Vicki
1. Top Model/Main Titles [1:50]
2. Eager Beaver [5:05]
3. Ambition [2:47]
4. Vicki Lynn, Inc. [5:25]
5. Bid Ideas [5:00]
6. New Face, Old Magic [3:36]
7. Hollywood Calls [4:39]
8. Window Shopping [3:53]
9. Last Meeting [4:04]
10. Unfortunate Mistake [3:35]
11. Out of Step [3:20]
12. Pretty Boys [5:26]
13. Packing Up [2:52]
14. A Few Questions [4:18]
15. The Note [5:23]
16. On the Run [5:46]
17. Butterfly [4:27]
18. A Promise Is a Promise [3:47]
19. Confession [4:08]
20. The Vulture [5:43]
Read More Show Less

Menu

Disc #1 -- Fox Film Noir, Vol. 19: Vicki
   Play
   Language Selection
      Language and Audio
         English Mono
         English Stereo
         Commentary by Film Noir Historian Foster Hirsch
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary by Film Noir Historian Foster Hirsch: On
      Commentary by Film Noir Historian Foster Hirsch: Off
      Still Galleries
         Advertising
         Behind-the-Scenes
         Interactive Pressbook
      Theatrical Trailer
      Fox Noir
         Boomerang!
         Fourteen Hours
         House of Strangers
         I Wake Up Screaming
         Laura
         Where the Sidewalk Ends
         If You Liked This Movie, You May Want to Try...
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously