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The Frozen Ghost (1945)

Unrated | | Mystery, Romance | 1 June 1945 (USA)
A stage mentalist involved in a mysterious death and a discredited plastic surgeon are among the assorted characters involved in mysterious goings-on in an eerie wax museum.

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Alex Gregor / Gregor the Great (as Lon Chaney)
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Stage mentalist Gregor the Great becomes enraged when a drunken audience member belittles his act. When the man dies suddenly, Gregor convinces himself that his hypnotic powers are to blame. Guilt-ridden, he retires from performing to Valerie Monet's wax museum. He becomes increasingly stressed when he is pursued romantically by Valerie, her niece, and his former stage assistant, Maura Daniel. When Valerie mysteriously disappears, it is apparent that sinister forces are at work in the museum. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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1 June 1945 (USA)  »

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Aparição Sinistra  »

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

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When Rudi throws the second knife at Nina it sticks in the pillar by her head. When she turns to run up the stairs the knife is no longer there. See more »

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Followed by Pillow of Death (1945) See more »

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It's OK
5 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another "Inner Sanctum" mystery with Lon Chaney Jr. giving another so-so performance.

Here he plats a mentalist who (he thinks) accidentally kills a man with his mind. It seems the man died of natural causes but he can't shake the feeling. He breaks up with his girlfriend (Evelyn Ankers) and goes to Madame Monet's Wax Museum to relax (!!!). There he thinks he accidentally kills Madame Monet (Tala Birell) with his mind. But the body disappears. What's going on?

It's just OK. It's very well-directed (especially during the opening hypnotic show & the shots of Chaney's feet) and has some pretty good acting by Ankers, Birell and Milburn Stone (as his manager). Also it's nicely atmospheric. But it meanders, there's plenty of padding (even at an hour) and tons of plot holes. Also the final resolution is pretty silly but it DOES fit.

OK undemanding fare.


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