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directed by Gerd Oswald
USA 1958


Anita Ekberg plays the gorgeous and tortured dancer with the Great Dane named Devil, who, after being nearly attacked by a man with a knife, is put into an asylum under the obsessive care of psychiatrist Dr. Greenwood (Harry Townes). When the girl begins to show signs of improvement, the psychiatrist assumes her care on the outside so she can resume her dancing career. The proprietor (Gypsy Rose Lee) of El Madhouse, a tawdry nightclub, hires the girl but then a series of murders by “The Ripper” attracts the attention of a newspaper reporter (Phil Carey), and the doctor and reporter face off to try to protect the girl. A sensual statue of a dancing girl called “Screaming Mimi” seems to play a part in the bizarre mystery.


Theatrical Release: 25 June 1958 (New York City, New York)

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DVD Review: Sony Pictures (Screen Classics by Request) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Runtime 1:17:48

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.32 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (1:54)

DVD Release Date: November 23rd, 2010
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Chapters 9



Fredric Brown's novel The Screaming Mimi was later an uncredited source for Dario Argento's first giallo The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, so I've been looking for a good quality copy of the first adaptation of the novel. I've owned a copy of Screaming Mimi (1958) only on unauthorized bootleg DVD with poor pan-and-scanned image and terrible sound until now.

Sony Pictures brings the movie to an authorized MOD disc. The progressive anamorphic transfer is top quality and there are no issues with sound on this disc. There are no marks or damage on the print. A letterboxed, not anamorphic trailer is a single extra on the disc. The film has 9 chapters, each one every 10 minutes. A recommended release for this rare film noir.

  - Gregory Meshman


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