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Strange Illusion is a 1945 film noir crime film directed by Edgar G. Ulmer and starring Jimmy Lydon, Warren William and Sally Eilers. According to noir historian Spencer Selby the film is "a stylish cheapie by the recognized master of stylish cheapies."[1]

Strange Illusion
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byEdgar G. Ulmer
Produced byLeon Fromkess
Screenplay byAdele Comandini
Story byFritz Rotter
StarringJimmy Lydon
Warren William
Sally Eilers
Music byLeo Erdody
CinematographyPhilip Tannura,
Eugen Schüfftan (uncredited)
Edited byCarl Pierson
PRC Pictures
Distributed byProducers Releasing Corporation
Release date
  • March 31, 1945 (1945-03-31) (United States)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States



A college student has a recurrent dream that leads him to suspect there is something sinister about his widowed mother's suitor.



Critical responseEdit

Film critic Dennis Schwartz gave the film a mixed review, yet liked the atmospherics of the film, and wrote, "The dark psychological thriller had an engrossing premise courtesy of Mr. Shakespeare and was influenced further by Freudian dream analysis, but it was unconvincing as a melodrama, the script was weak, the plot was full of holes and the acting was as lame as it gets...What's interesting is that the film is shot as an intense dream sequence in shadowy black-and-white hues and its sense of delirium powerfully filters through the story almost wiping away the unconvincing heavy-handed performances of the villains and the mummified acting by the leads. It's a film where Ulmer's unique style and his film noir moody interjections work better than the derivative mystery story."[2]

Critic Matthew Sorrento of Film Threat also lauded the film: "Though saddled with the script’s fetish for Freud, Ulmer stylizes his thriller without sending it adrift. Like his other great films, Strange Illusion is a shaggy quickie that takes fine shape throughout."[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Selby, Spencer. Dark City: The Film Noir, film listed as film noir #391 on page 182, 1984. Jefferson, N.C. & London: McFarland Publishing. ISBN 0-89950-103-6.
  2. ^ Schwartz, Dennis. "Ozus' World Movie Reviews," film review, September 20, 2004. Accessed: August 1, 2013.
  3. ^ Sorrento, Matthew. Film Threat, film review, February 18, 2011. Accessed: August 1, 2013.

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