Fear (1946 film)

Fear is a 1946 low-budget film noir directed by Alfred Zeisler. The film is considered a loose adaptation of Dostoyevsky's book Crime and Punishment.

Theatrical release poster
Directed byAlfred Zeisler
Produced byLindsley Parsons
Screenplay by
  • Dennis Cooper
  • Alfred Zeisler
Based on
Music byEdward J. Kay
CinematographyJackson Rose
Edited byAce Herman
Distributed byMonogram Pictures Corporation
Release date
  • March 2, 1946 (1946-03-02) (United States)
Running time
68 minutes
CountryUnited States


A broke medical student who's in desperate need of tuition money sells everything he owns to a dishonest professor. When the student's scholarship is suddenly taken from him, he flies into a rage and kills the professor, whom he feels is responsible for his situation. His life then begins to improve, but as the student grows more reckless, police suspicion continues to grow.


Critical reception

Film historians Alain Silver and Elizabeth Ward give the film a positive review. "This low budget film is hardly pure Dostoevsky, but it has a visual style superior to and more cohesive than the typical Monogram product."[1]


  1. Silver, Alain, and Elizabeth Ward, eds. Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style, film noir analysis by Bob Porfiero, page 102, 3rd edition, 1992. Woodstock, New York: The Overlook Press. ISBN 0-87951-479-5.
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