Free Classic Movies: Cause for Alarm, Fear in the Night and White Gorilla
By Saidur Rahman
[N.B.: All of the following movies are public domain movies – available online and free to watch.]
Cause for Alarm (1951)
Ellen Jones (Loretta Young), a beautiful nurse, is married to an Army Air Force pilot George Jones (played by Barry Sullivan). Ellen’s husband develops a serious mental and physical illness. As a faithful wife, she dutifully takes care of her bed ridden husband. Dr. Grahame (played by Bruce Cowling), a friend of theirs, is his attending physician. Probably due to a side-effect of his medications, George develops paranoid fantasies about his wife and begins to suspect that her wife is having a secret affair with Dr. Grahame. So he sends a letter to the Los Angeles District Attorney that his wife and doctor are trying to murder him. Later George dies of a heart attack while attempting to kill his wife. Now all of a sudden Ellen finds herself in real trouble. If she cannot persuade the postman to return the letter to her, she and the doctor will be blamed for her husband’s death.
Main casts are Barry Sullivan, Brad Morrow, Bruce Cowling, Loretta Young and Margalo Gillmore. This film is also known as “Grund zur Aufregung”.
Director: Tay Garnett
Total Runtime: 1 hr 14 min
Filming Location: Culver City, California, USA
Fear in the Night (1947)
A young man (DeForrest Kelley) dreams that he murders someone during a burglary. When he wakes up he finds some strange objects in his pockets and blood on his wrist. He was actually hypnotized into taking part in the burglary. The nightmare seems so real that he worriedly informs his police lieutenant brother-in-law (Paul Kelly) about the incident. Obviously the police lieutenant doesn’t take it seriously. But when they end up taking shelter from the rain in a mysterious abandoned house, they start to discover the truth.
Main casts of the film – Ann Doran, Charles Victor, DeForest Kelley, Kay Scott and Paul Kelly. This film is also known as “And So Scared to Death”.
Director: Maxwell Shane
Total Runtime: 1 hr 12 min
Filming Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
The White Gorilla (1945)
Bennett and his partners are captured by natives. They are afterwards rescued by a jungle boy. Later they find a blind father living with her beautiful daughter in a small hut. In the meantime, we see several fights between black gorillas and the White Gorilla. At some point, the white gorilla fights the king of the black gorillas and tries to carry off the beautiful girl.
Main casts of the movie include Budd Buster, Francis Ford, George J. Lewis, Lorraine Miller and Ray Corrigan. This film is also known as “El gorila blanco”.
Director: Harry L. Fraser
Total Runtime: 1 hr 2 min