A younng woman awakens from a nightmare in a run down hotel. She leaves the lodging and wanders into the night. She encounters a dwarf hawking newspapers with the bold headline "Mysterious stabbing." She smiles enigmatically and quickly walks on. In a dark alley, a wino approaches and grabs her. A policeman rescues her and beats up the drunken man as she leaves. Along her way, a pimp, sharply dressed with a pencil-thin mustache, approaches her and cajoles her into escorting a porcine rich man in a chauffeured limousine. As they cruise the through the night, she thinks back to her tragic youth and her abusive father. She had stabbed him to death with a switchblade after he shot and killed her unfalithful mother.
- Adrienne Barrett as The Gamin
- Bruno VeSota as Rich Man
- Ben Roseman as Law Enforcer / Father
- Richard Baron as Evil One
- Ed Hinkle as Butler (as Edward Hinkle)
- Lucille Rowland as Mother (as Lucille Howland)
- Jabbie VeSota as Flower Girl (as Jebbie VeSota)
- Fath Parker as Nightclub Dancer
- Gayne Sullivan as Wino
- Shorty Rogers as Shorty Rogers (as Shorty Rogers and His Giants)
Dementia was shot in the studio in Hollywood and on location in Venice, California. Prodcution, including editing, ended in 1953.
Dementia is perhaps most famous for its appearance in The Blob (1958), where it is the movie palying in the movie theater when the Blob strikes.
The film has been compared to The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) as being a portait of an insane mind from the "inside out".
In 2015 the rock band Faith No More used edited footage from Dementia to create to create a video for their song "Separation Anxiety."
- Dementia at the Internet Movie Database
- Dementia (1955 film) at Wikipedia
- Dementia at AllMovie
- Dementia at Rotten Tomatoes
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