Sunday, October 4, 2009

Silver Screen Sunday {Dead of Night}

So, for October, I've decided to take a look at some 'spine chilling' flicks for Silver Screen Sunday. The first is the Ealing Studios 1945 film Dead of Night, which is directed by Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden and Robert Hamer.

Architect Walter Craig, seeking the possibility of some work at a country farmhouse, soon finds himself once again stuck in his recurring nightmare. Dreading the end of the dream that he knows is coming, he must first listen to all the assembled guests' own bizarre tales.

This may not sound like a particularly frightening film but it certainly had me on edge! Some of the tales were very spooky - there is one, in particular, with a haunted mirror which got to me as well as a section starring the gorgeous Michael Redgrave as a ventriloquist with a possessed dummy. Creepy! The only thing that made me feel at ease was drooling over the amazing clothes.

This look - sported by Googie Withers - was very classy indeed! I longed for all of her outfits.

As a contrast, this school-girl look, sported by Sally Ann Howes, is far more casual and relaxed. I've found a few items you may need to recreate it:

These shoes from Ethical Wares for a slightly more grown-up spin on the look.

Or these lovely brogues from Vegan Wares.

A classic a-line skirt like this one from etsy.

Or perhaps you could make one yourself! (Pattern found here on etsy).

A very simple cardigan (found here on etsy).

And a short-sleeved option for the warmer weather. (Found here on etsy).

There are also some of the most fabulous hats I've ever seen! So, I poked around etsy and found some extravagant hats that I felt would be right at home in this film.

Found here.

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A couple of the other characters who didn't get much screen time but still looked fantastic.

I hope you enjoyed this! I have a lot of fun putting these together.

Andi B. Goode


  1. Great post Andi ! I enjoyed it too ! :)

  2. I love watching old spooky thrillers :)

  3. Hey, just wanted to let you know that I am working away on yuor skirt :) Things have been totally busy around here and its all finally coming to an end :)

  4. At one time in my teen years i think i had seen every horror movie in the video store lol. But they didnt have older ones like this.
    I really like that first pair of shoes, and those hats are amazing!


  5. I do like these – I have only fairly recently got into watching films (short attention span, living near rubbish dvd shops etc being something of a hindrance!) and so tips on ones to watch are always good :)

  6. Dizzy Dame: Yes, they're the best!
    Jen: That's great - thanks for letting me know =]
    Rose: Hehe, I like the older ones best ;]
    Esme and the Lane Way: I'm glad you like them! And that they're helping you discover new films to watch. =D

  7. I think the Michael Redgrave and ventriloquists dummy sequence is probably the scariest story ever filmed. And not a drop of blood in sight. I have severe issues with it, but I get to hold my husband's hand:-)

  8. Great post--love the outfit pics! I think I need to watch this movie now :-)

  9. Miss Rayne: Aw, you're lucky - I didn't have anyone's hand to hold and I had to hide under my blanket. Hehe.
    Jitterbugdoll: Thanks! =D

  10. I adore this post, what great finds.

    I think British horror is absolutely amazing I watched many with my grandmother.

    Googie Withers should have more adoration really....great post.

  11. AbleGrable: I'm glad you enjoyed it! I've not watched many British horror films but definitely want to watch more. =D

  12. Seriously wonderful post! I would adore adding those shoes, sweaters and that a-line skirt to my wardrobe, they all encompass the classic style I love! :)

    Big hugs!
    ♥ Jessica

  13. Jessica: Thanks so much. =D Oh, hehe, I know what you mean - I wouldn't mind, either. ;]


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