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I Wake Up Screaming was the first film noir that 20th Century Fox released.
This film was briefly renamed Hot Spot because studio head Darryl Zanuck didn’t think that the original title would be as successful due to its sensational nature. The cast and crew were thankful when it was changed back.
The film uses an instrumental version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz.
George Raft was considered for Victor Mature's role.
The story was later remade into Vicki in 1953, with Jeanne Craine and Richard Boone in the leads.
Betty Grable got a chance to stretch her dramatic chops – something she wasn't nervous about. Mature said, “The only one who got nervous about [the film] was Zanuck.”