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Jez Conolly and David Owain Bates

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780993238437

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780993238437.001.0001

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‘Just room for one inside, sir’

‘Just room for one inside, sir’

(p.45) ‘Just room for one inside, sir’
Dead of Night

Jez Conolly

David Owain Bates

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the first of the house guests' stories of Dead of Night, ‘Hearse Driver’, which is also directed by Basil Dearden. The story is recounted by racing driver Hugh Grainger (Anthony Baird) who survives a mid-race crash that leaves him hospitalised with head injuries, in the care of Joyce (Judy Kelly) the dedicated nurse and his future wife. While convalescing, Grainger is witness to a strange temporal shift and a bizarre premonition in the form of a Victorian horse-drawn hearse beneath his nursing home room window. The driver of the hearse (Miles Malleson) delivers perhaps the film's most well-known line: ‘Just room for one inside, sir’. The chapter studies the significance of the bed as a prime vehicle for scares in horror cinema and explores the potency of stillness and the suspension of time as devices for eliciting those goose bumps.

Keywords:   Dead of Night, Hearse Driver, Basil Dearden, horror cinema, stillness, suspension, goose bumps

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