Screaming Mimi (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Gerd Oswald|
|Produced by||Harry Joe Brown|
|Screenplay by||Robert Blees|
|Based on||The Screaming Mimi|
by Fredric Brown
Gypsy Rose Lee
|Edited by||Gene Havlick|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
In Southern California, while Virginia Wilson (Anita Ekberg) is taking an outside beach shower, an escaped madman from the sanitarium shows up. He stabs her dog, attacks her and is then shot to death by her stepbrother, Charlie (Romney Brent), with a rifle.
After the attack, Virginia is committed to a sanitarium. The psychiatrist falls in love with her. He fakes her death, and they go on the lam. Virginia ends up dancing at the El Madhouse night club run by Gypsy Rose Lee. Lee performs "Put the Blame on Mame," the classic noir theme from the film Gilda.
All the while, Virginia is being stalked by a serial killer.
Richard W. Nason, film critic for The New York Times, wrote, "It is an effective film of its kind, thanks to some reflective dialogue by Robert Blees and a sense of suspense on the part of Gerd Oswald, the director. Anita Ekberg, who does more acting here than before, is the star. Gypsy Rose Lee and Phil Carey are also on the ball."
Film critic Dennis Schwartz gave the film a C, describing the direction as lackluster and the story as so nonsensical that it entirely cripples the film. He summarized it as "a delusional film that seems fit for fetishists, voyeurs, those seeking a lurid oddball film with innovative noirish B/W photography by the great Burnett Guffey and, is especially suited, for lovers of bad-movies."
- Screaming Mimi on IMDb.
- Nason, Richard W (June 26, 1958). "This Angry Age". The New York Times. Retrieved January 27, 2008.
- Schwartz, Dennis (June 1, 2008). "This Twisted Thriller Is a Scream in All the Wrong Ways". Ozus' World Movie Reviews. Archived from the original on June 23, 2017. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
- Screaming Mimi on IMDb
- Screaming Mimi at AllMovie
- Screaming Mimi at the TCM Movie Database
- Screaming Mimi at the American Film Institute Catalog
- Screaming Mimi informational site and DVD review at DVD Beaver (includes images)
- Screaming Mimi essay by Jeff Stafford at Turner Classic Movies
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