The Fatal Night (1948)

Genres - Crime, Drama, Thriller  |   Run Time - 50 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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In this strange drama, two Englishmen dare Ferguson to spend the night in a haunted house. He accepts the challenge and settles down with a candle, a gun and a horror story about two sisters who are killed in a haunted house. He falls asleep reading. He begins dreaming about the sisters when he is suddenly awakened by what he believes is a ghost. He reflexively shoots at it then faints dead away. Considerable time passes. Ferguson and the Englishmen meet yet again. This time they come clean and admit that it was all a joke: the ghost was a fake, and the gun contained blanks. The outraged dupe attacks one of the men. The man is saved by two attendants who have come to take Ferguson back to the local insane asylum he had just escaped from.

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house, anger, asylum [mental hospital], attack, dare, dream, English [nationality], escape, faint, ghost, haunted, haunted-house, mental-institution, mental-patient (escaped), missing, prank, reading-skills, sister, Victorian, weapons