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The Night Walker (1964)

aka The Night Walker

"Will it drive you to dream of things you're ashamed to admit!"

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Details: 86 mins · English


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Small Irene Trent
Small Barry Moreland
No_movie_poster Joyce Holliday
Small Hilda
Small Howard Trent
Small Apartment Complex Manager
No_movie_poster The Dream (George Fuller)
No_movie_poster Malone
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Small Robert Bloch Screenplay
Small William Castle Producer
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No_movie_poster Edwin H. Bryant Editing


"Will it drive you to dream of things you're ashamed to admit!"


The film chronicles the ordeal of Irene Trent (Stanwyck), who is unhappily married to a blind, pathologically possessive millionaire inventor, Howard Trent (Rorke). Howard and Irene's palatial mansion is packed with an endless assortment of cuckoo clocks, all in perfect synchronization, and Howard tape records all conversations in the house for later reference, hoping to catch Irene plotting an illicit liaison.

Irene thus lives in a constant state of dread, wondering how far Howard's jealousy will go. Yet despite Howard's continual accusations of infidelity, Irene remains faithful to Howard, despite nightly recurrent dreams of a fantasy lover and an attraction to Howard's personal attorney, Barry Moreland (Taylor), the only visitor allowed in the house. Howard spends most of his time working in his laboratory on a variety of projects, the nature of which he refuses to divulge to anyone. As tensions mount, Irene feels trapped in a loveless, lonely relationship. But suddenly, everything changes: Howard is killed by an explosion in his laboratory, and Irene inherits the house and Howard's entire fortune.

The laboratory itself, a charred wreck, is secured from the rest of the house by a deadbolt so that no one may enter. Irene, after consulting with Barry Moreland, decides to move out of the house, into the back room apartment of a small beauty shop she owns, "Irene's," which she operated before she met and married Howard. Almost immediately, the dreams begin again, with increasing intensity, until they take the form of an "ideal" man—known only as "The Dream" (Bochner).

Night after night, "The Dream" appears before Irene, whisking her away to a bizarre wedding ceremony in which she "marries" "The Dream" in front of a group of wax figure witnesses, or engages in a harmless tryst over champagne. Irene begins to doubt her sanity and unaccountably finds herself wishing to return to the nightmarish house she shared with Howard. But the reality behind Irene's dreams is a secret that The Night Walker withholds until the very end; a bizarre and complex tale of murder, betrayal, and deception.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1966-01-28 : Finland

Theatrical : Austria

Theatrical : 1965-04-26 : Sweden

Theatrical : 1965-06-22 : West Germany

Theatrical : 1966-07-18 : Denmark

Theatrical : United States of America

Theatrical : 1965-03-17 : France