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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:
Dr. Mark Steel (as Lon Chaney)
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 ...
Mary Hale ...
George Eldredge ...
District Attorney
John Elliott ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Earle Hodgins ...
Bartender (scenes deleted)


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 <>

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Release Date:

17 December 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El doctor Muerte  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »


Followed by Pillow of Death (1945) See more »

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Shows Some Promise for the Series
10 August 2010 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Hypnotist's faithless wife is murdered and cops suspect him until a likelier suspect emerges who may or may not be guilty.

Old radio fans no doubt recognize the Inner Sanctum origins of this film and the series that followed. Those old radio half-hours emphasized the mysterious and the darkly psychological and were nearly always entertaining. (In fact, I think the origins of post-war noir lie as much in these radio shows as they do in the better-known movie precursors.) Fortunately, this series, like its radio namesake, trades on the offbeat and chilling, and though these programmers fail to reach the memorable level of Columbia's comparable Whistler entries, the Inner Sanctum movies have their own virtues and are worth catching up with.

This first entry doesn't really grab until the last 15 minutes or so. Then it takes off with a surprise ending and especially with the surreal dream sequence. There's one got'cha in the sequence that shows real imagination. Yes, the storyline doesn't always make sense and I'm still puzzled by some of the relationships. Then too, looks to me like Chaney's not too interested in his part as the psychologist. Catch that one confrontational scene with faithless wife Maria (Ames) where both deliver their lines like they've been woodenly memorized. Nonetheless, Ames is drop-dead gorgeous in her high-fashion gown circa 1943, while Morison (nurse Stella) has the most fetching over-bite this side of Gene Tierney. All in all, this hour of intrigue is spotty but does show promise for future entries.

(In passing—those Chaney voice-overs conveying his private thoughts are a carry- over from radio where they were necessary to prevent "dead air.")

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