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Edward Dein (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
17 December 1943 (USA) See more »
SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN HIS MINDS "BLACKS OUT"! (original ad - all caps; includes grammatical error) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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An OK murder mystery See more (25 total) »


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Lon Chaney Jr. ... Doctor Steele (as Lon Chaney)

Patricia Morison ... Stella

J. Carrol Naish ... Inspector Gregg

David Bruce ... Robert Duval

Ramsay Ames ... Maria Steele
Fay Helm ... Mrs. Duval

Holmes Herbert ... Butler
Alec Craig ... Watchman
Frederick Giermann ... Father (as Fred Gierman)
Lisa Golm ... Mother
Charles Wagenheim ... Coroner
Mary Hale ... Marion
George Eldredge ... District Attorney

John Elliott ... Priest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Earle Hodgins ... Bartender (scenes deleted)
Charles R. Moore ... Prisoner (scenes deleted)
Norman Rainey ... Governor (scenes deleted)

Kernan Cripps ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Keith Ferguson ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)

Robert F. Hill ... Judge (uncredited)
David Hoffman ... The Spirit of the Inner Sanctum (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... Detective (uncredited)

Rex Lease ... Second Detective (uncredited)

Frank Marlowe ... Reporter (uncredited)
Paul Phillips ... First Detective (uncredited)

Jack Rockwell ... Detective (uncredited)
Jack C. Smith ... Prison Guard (uncredited)

Directed by
Reginald Le Borg 
Writing credits
Edward Dein (original screenplay)

Produced by
Ben Pivar .... associate producer
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Virgil Miller (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Norman A. Cerf 
Art Direction by
Ralph M. DeLacy 
John B. Goodman 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
A.J. Gilmore 
Costume Design by
Vera West (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles S. Gould .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound
William Hedgcock .... sound
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special photography
Music Department
Paul Sawtell .... musical director
Charles Henderson .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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63 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Sweden:15 | UK:A | USA:Approved (Certificate #9813) | USA:Unrated (DVD)

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


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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
An OK murder mystery, 19 December 2004
Author: preppy-3 from United States

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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