Day of the Nightmare (1965)

89 mins | Mystery, Melodrama | 1965

Director:

John Bushelman

Producer:

Leon Bleiberg

Cinematographer:

Ted V. Mikels

Production Company:

Screen Group, Inc.
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HISTORY

The 28 Apr 1965 LAT announced the upcoming picture by its working title, Don’t Scream, Doris Mays. Principal photography began two days later, according to a 7 May 1965 DV production chart. Cast members included Beverly Stone (30 Apr 1965 DV), Bonnie Beckus and Lee Bradley (20 May 1965 DV). The 14 May 1965 issue reported the official title as Day of the Nightmare.
       As noted in the 29 Sep 1965 DV, executive producer Michael Kraike supervised post-production of the film over the previous six weeks. He and Kenneth Herts, of distributor Herts-Lion International Corp., were scheduled to leave for New York City the following week to arrange a premiere. Day of the Nightmare was the first release from producer Leon Bleiberg’s Screen Group, ... More Less

The 28 Apr 1965 LAT announced the upcoming picture by its working title, Don’t Scream, Doris Mays. Principal photography began two days later, according to a 7 May 1965 DV production chart. Cast members included Beverly Stone (30 Apr 1965 DV), Bonnie Beckus and Lee Bradley (20 May 1965 DV). The 14 May 1965 issue reported the official title as Day of the Nightmare.
       As noted in the 29 Sep 1965 DV, executive producer Michael Kraike supervised post-production of the film over the previous six weeks. He and Kenneth Herts, of distributor Herts-Lion International Corp., were scheduled to leave for New York City the following week to arrange a premiere. Day of the Nightmare was the first release from producer Leon Bleiberg’s Screen Group, Inc.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
30 Apr 1965
p. 16.
Daily Variety
7 May 1965
p. 14.
Daily Variety
14 May 1965
p. 4.
Daily Variety
20 May 1965
p. 4.
Daily Variety
29 Sep 1965
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
28 Apr 1965
Section C, p. 11.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Asst photog
MUSIC
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr supv
Asst prod mgr
Dial dir
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Don't Scream, Doris Mays!
Release Date:
1965
Premiere Information:
began 30 April 1965
Production Date:
1965
Duration(in mins):
89
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Shortly after a woman returns home, neighbors hear a scream and a loud thud coming from her apartment. A few minutes later, Jonathan Crane drags a trunk from the woman's apartment to his car. Summoned by one of the neighbors the next day, the police break into the woman's apartment, find signs of violence, and assume that the woman is missing and possibly dead. Sergeant Harmon of the homicide squad visits Jonathan, who is a commercial artist. Jonathan protests his innocence, and because they lack evidence the police do not arrest him. That same day Barbara, Jonathan's wife, sees the strange trunk in their garage, but night comes before she finds the courage to open it, and Jonathan's sudden return home prevents her from seeing what is inside. Barbara goes to Jonathan's father, a psychiatrist, for help. They find only a sketch of Barbara in the trunk. Barbara is left alone, and the missing woman comes to her house and attempts to kill her. The missing woman appears at the house of Jonathan's father and kills the old man, but not before he recognizes the "woman" as his own son dressed in feminine apparel. Barbara becomes suspicious of Jonathan and follows him to an apartment. Jonathan discovers her presence and attempts to kill her. Sergeant Harmon arrives to prevent the murder and gives chase, whereupon Jonathan runs from the police and falls off a dock into the path of an oncoming ... +


Shortly after a woman returns home, neighbors hear a scream and a loud thud coming from her apartment. A few minutes later, Jonathan Crane drags a trunk from the woman's apartment to his car. Summoned by one of the neighbors the next day, the police break into the woman's apartment, find signs of violence, and assume that the woman is missing and possibly dead. Sergeant Harmon of the homicide squad visits Jonathan, who is a commercial artist. Jonathan protests his innocence, and because they lack evidence the police do not arrest him. That same day Barbara, Jonathan's wife, sees the strange trunk in their garage, but night comes before she finds the courage to open it, and Jonathan's sudden return home prevents her from seeing what is inside. Barbara goes to Jonathan's father, a psychiatrist, for help. They find only a sketch of Barbara in the trunk. Barbara is left alone, and the missing woman comes to her house and attempts to kill her. The missing woman appears at the house of Jonathan's father and kills the old man, but not before he recognizes the "woman" as his own son dressed in feminine apparel. Barbara becomes suspicious of Jonathan and follows him to an apartment. Jonathan discovers her presence and attempts to kill her. Sergeant Harmon arrives to prevent the murder and gives chase, whereupon Jonathan runs from the police and falls off a dock into the path of an oncoming yacht. +

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