NIGHTMARE (Maxwell Shane, 1956)

Less than a decade after he made Fear in the Night (1947), writer-director Maxwell Shane made another film version of Cornell Woolrich’s story “And So to Death,” using the title given the story in mystery anthologies: Nightmare. This is a smoother, better upholstered version, but with the exciting dreamlike effects of the original, derived from […]

FEAR IN THE NIGHT (Maxwell Shane, 1947)

Writer-director Maxwell Shane was so taken by William Irish’s, that is to say, Cornell Woolrich’s story “And So to Death” that he filmed it twice. The first, an underfunded B-picture, is entitled Fear in the Night. Unlike the nature of someone’s panic in nearly all other film adaptations of Woolrich’s work, this one taps deliriously […]