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SCREAMING MIMI (1958)
Article #1237 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 8-3-2004
Postind Date: 12-31-2004
Directed by Gerd Oswald
Featuring Anita Ekberg, Philip Carey, Gypsy Rose Lee

 

A woman who became mentally unhinged after an attack by a psychotic becomes the target of a psychiatrist's obsessions.

This psychological film noir with horror underpinnings was based on a novel by Fredric Brown. It has a fascinating story to tell, and there are some good performances here, particularly from Harry Townes as the psychiatrist. There's also some good music from jazz xylophonist Red Yost Norvo, and a good vocal number from Gypsy Rose Lee, who also gives a relaxed, charming performance in the movie. It could have been a real winner, but it falls a bit short, and I suspect that the reason for this is the presence of Anita Ekberg.

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