Fear in the Night (1947)

Director
Maxwell Shane

Main cast
Paul Kelly; DeForest Kelley; Ann Doran; Kay Scott; Charles Victor

Genres
Drama, Thriller

Description
Bank teller Vince Grayson wakes from a nightmare in which he and an unknown woman murdered a man in a strange, mirrored room. Only a dream...but Vince finds that he has physical objects and bruises from his "dream." His cop brother-in-law dismisses his story...until the family, on a picnic, takes shelter from a thunderstorm in a deserted mansion containing that mirrored room.


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