The Night Walker is a 1964 American horror psychological thriller film directed by & produced by William Castle and starring Robert Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck and Judi Meredith. The film was one of the last black and white theatrical features released by Universal Pictures, and Stanwyck’s last motion picture.
Irene Trent is unhappily married to a blind, pathologically possessive millionaire inventor, Howard. Howard and Irene’s palatial mansion is packed with an endless assortment of cuckoo clocks, all in perfect synchronization, and Howard tape records all conversations in the house for later reference, hoping to catch Irene plotting an illicit liaison.
Irene thus lives in a constant state of dread, wondering how far Howard’s jealousy will go. Yet despite Howard’s continual accusations of infidelity, Irene remains faithful to Howard, albeit with nightly recurrent dreams of a fantasy lover and an attraction to Howard’s personal attorney, Barry Moreland, the only visitor allowed in the house. Howard spends most of his time working in his laboratory on a variety of projects, the nature of which he refuses to divulge to anyone. As tensions mount, Irene feels trapped in a loveless, lonely relationship. But suddenly, everything changes: Howard is killed by an explosion in his laboratory, and Irene inherits the house and Howard’s entire fortune.
The laboratory itself, a charred wreck, is secured from the rest of the house by a padlock so that no one may enter it. Irene, after consulting with Barry Moreland, decides to move out of the house, and into the back room apartment of a small beauty shop she owns, “Irene’s,” which she operated before she met and married Howard. Almost immediately, the dreams begin again, with increasing intensity, until they take the form of an “ideal” man—known only as “The Dream”.
Night after night, “The Dream” appears before Irene, whisking her away to a bizarre wedding ceremony in which she “marries” “The Dream” in front of a group of wax figure witnesses, or engages in a harmless tryst over champagne. Irene begins to doubt her sanity and unaccountably finds herself wishing to return to the nightmarish house she shared with Howard. But the reality behind Irene’s dreams is a secret that The Night Walker withholds until the very end; a bizarre and complex tale of murder, betrayal, and deception.
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