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Calling Dr. Death (1943)

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:
Doctor Steele (as Lon Chaney)
Robert Duval
Maria Steele
Fay Helm ...
Mrs. Duval
Alec Craig ...
Frederick Giermann ...
Father (as Fred Gierman)
Lisa Golm ...
Charles Wagenheim ...
Mary Hale ...
George Eldredge ...
District Attorney
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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 <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Release Date:

17 December 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El doctor Muerte  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Part of the original Shock Theater package of 52 Universal titles released to television in 1957, followed a year later with Son of Shock, which added 20 more features. See more »


The door to Steele's office reads "HOURS 10-12 AM 2-4 PM." 12:00 AM is midnight, not noon. See more »


Followed by The Frozen Ghost (1945) See more »

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A Psychological Mystery
22 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Calling Dr. Death (1943) is the first of six Inner Sanctum films starring Lon Chaney, Jr. The film is a dark mystery-thriller about a neurologist named Dr. Mark Steel and his cheating wife Maria. Maria has a lover which has upset Dr. Steel. Dr. Steel and his nurse Stella Madden has developed a closeness but refrains themselves from a romance. Maria goes away for the weekend but has been found murdered. The police are investigating while Dr. Steel feels he may have murdered his own wife... the question is did he (Dr. Steel) kill her or was it someone else?

A good watch if you like film-noir, mysteries, and the Universal classic horror films.


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