Vicki

Vicki

Director: Harry Horner

Cast: Harry Horner, Jeanne Crain, Jean Peters, Elliott Reid

     
 

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 EdSee more details below

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.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2006
UPC:
0024543263579
Original Release:
1953
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
37,545

Special Features

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

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 Actor
Richard West Delivery Man
Herschel Graham Actor
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 Makeup
Renie Costumes/Costume Designer
Max Showalter Songwriter
Dorothy Spencer Editor
Dwight Taylor Screenwriter
Leo Townsend Screenwriter
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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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]

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