Strange Illusion


Strange Illusion

Edgar G. Ulmer
USA, 1945
87min, OF

Quelle: Österreichisches Filmmuseum

Strange Illusion

Edgar G. Ulmer
USA, 1945
, 87min, OF

Jimmy Lydon
Warren William
Sally Eilers
Regis Toomey
Charles Arnt
George Reed
Jayne Hazard
Adele Comandini
Fritz Rotter
Philip Tannura
Benjamin H. Kline
Eugen Schüfftan
Leo Erdody

PRC (Producers Releasing Corporation)
35 mm

Shakespeare is given Hardy Boys treatment by Edgar Ulmer in his liberal transformation of Hamlet into an All-American college freshman home from school and inspired by weird nightmares to investigate the mysterious death of his father, the town’s prominent judge. Among the legendary Poverty Row studio Producers Releasing Company’s more ambitious projects, STRANGE ILLUSION was originally intended for Joseph H. Lewis but ultimately assigned to the equally adept stylist Ulmer who released ample fog and modernist angles to give eerie atmospherics to the film, beginning with its evocative dream sequence opening. A clear extension of his leading role as a Boy Scout detective in Paramount’s popular Henry Aldrich series, Jimmy Lyndon’s Hamlet conveys a wide- eyed naiveté that cuts almost subversively against the feverishly Gothic Freudianism percolating throughout STRANGE ILLUSION. Meanwhile the perennial villain Warren Williams lends his trademark lecherous ness to the film’s Claudius, determined at all costs to seduce and destroy the wife of the judge and uber father-figure who once convicted him. (Haden Guest)