Fear (1946 film)


Theatrical release poster
Directed by Alfred Zeisler
Produced by Lindsley Parsons
Screenplay by
  • Dennis Cooper
  • Alfred Zeisler
Based on
Music by Edward J. Kay
Cinematography Jackson Rose
Edited by Ace Herman
Distributed by Monogram Pictures Corporation
Release dates
  • March 2, 1946 (1946-03-02) (United States)
Running time
68 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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


A broke medical student 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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