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Calling Dr. Death (1943)

Approved  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  17 December 1943 (USA)
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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 ...
J. Carrol Naish ...
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
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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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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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An OK murder mystery
19 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dr. Steele (Lon Chaney Jr.) is a psychiatrist married to a cheating wife who refuses to give him a divorce. He's in love with his nurse (Patricia Morison) who loves him back. Then he blacks out one weekend and awakens to find his wife was brutally murdered. Did he do it or is he being set up?

The first of Universal's "Inner Sanctum" series based on a popular radio show of the time. It's introduced by a floating head in a crystal ball (!!!!). Not a horror movie as believed but a murder mystery. It was made on no budget with a half hour script padded to an hour (notice how many times J. Carrol Naish's policeman hounds Chaney). Also I had the murderer figured out about 20 minutes in but I had no idea why. Still, for what it is (a low-budget B picture) it's not bad. Chaney is OK and Morison and Naish are actually very good. This is not some unsung cinema masterpiece just a quick, efficient B movie. There are worse ways to kill an hour.


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