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Calling Dr. Death (1943)

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A Dr. is not sure if he murdered his beautiful but wicked wife, and has his attractive nurse try to find the truth by hypnotizing him.

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Complete credited cast:
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Dr. Mark Steel (as Lon Chaney)
Patricia Morison ...
Stella Madden
J. Carrol Naish ...
Inspector Gregg
David Bruce ...
Robert 'Bob' Duval
Ramsay Ames ...
Maria Steele
Fay Helm ...
Mrs. Duval
Holmes Herbert ...
Bryant, the Butler
Alec Craig ...
Bill, the Watchman
Frederick Giermann ...
Marion's Father (as Fred Gierman)
Lisa Golm ...
Marion's Mother
Charles Wagenheim ...
Coroner
Mary Hale ...
Marion
George Eldredge ...
District Attorney
John Elliott ...
Priest
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Earle Hodgins ...
Bartender (scenes deleted)
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Losing his memories of the last few days, neurologist Dr. Steele is told that his wife has been brutally murdered. Steele, aware of his conniving wife's infidelity, believes he may have been the killer and enlists the aid of his pretty nurse Stella to hypnotize him into recovering his lost memories. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN HIS MINDS "BLACKS OUT"! (original ad - all caps; includes grammatical error) See more »


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17 December 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El doctor Muerte  »

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This was the first of six films in Universal's INNER SANCTUM series,shot October 25- mid November 1943,released December 17. See more »

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Followed by The Frozen Ghost (1945) See more »

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"This business of hiding the truth from one another -- that's not being honest."
24 March 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The first of Universal's fun series of thriller films under the Inner Sanctum banner. Each one starred Lon Chaney, Jr. in different roles. In this one, Chaney plays Dr. Mark Steele, a neurosurgeon and expert hypnotist. Steele's unfaithful wife (Ramsay Ames) is found murdered and he's a prime suspect. But Steele has lost his memory of the last few days and can't remember if he killed her or not! So he gets his nurse (Patricia Morison) to hypnotize him so he can try to remember what happened.

Chaney's great in this. I'm sure at the time he welcomed the chance to get out of playing movie monsters. Morison and Ames are lovely to look at and good in their roles. The always-solid J. Carrol Naish plays the hard-nosed police detective investigating the case. Holmes Herbert appears in one of his many butler roles. I really like this series. A little silly at times but it just adds to the entertainment value for me. It has that distinct look and feel Universal movies had at the time. Calling Dr. Death is a very good start to a fun, enjoyable series of mystery thrillers.


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