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Pillow of Death (1945)

Approved | | Mystery, Horror | 14 December 1945 (USA)
Attorney Wayne Fletcher and his secretary are having an affair, so when Wayne's wife is found smothered to death, he becomes the prime suspect. As the police investigate the murder, a ... See full summary »

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Wayne Fletcher (as Lon Chaney)
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Rosalind Ivan ...
Amelia Kincaid
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Belle Kincaid
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Samuel 'Sam' Kincaid
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Police Captain McCracken
Bernard Thomas ...
Bruce Malone (as Bernard B. Thomas)
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Mrs. Williams (scenes deleted)
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Attorney Wayne Fletcher and his secretary are having an affair, so when Wayne's wife is found smothered to death, he becomes the prime suspect. As the police investigate the murder, a psychic with questionable motives tries to contact the deceased woman. Soon, Wayne begins seeing visions of his dead wife, and other people involved with the case begin to be killed, one by one. Written by Norman Cook <unclescrooge@hotmail.com>

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A NEW Inner Sanctum Mystery...the case of the whispering corpse! See more »

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Mystery | Horror

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14 December 1945 (USA)  »

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I nattens skugga  »

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Trivia

This is the only one of the six Inner Sanctum films to omit the "Spirit of the Inner Sanctum" prologue. See more »

Quotes

Captain McCracken: Oh, by the way, just for the record, what is your real moniker?
Julian Julian: Julian.
Captain McCracken: Julian what?
Julian Julian: Julian Julian.
Captain McCracken: You're in a rut.
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The only one of the six Inner Sanctum films to have no closing credits. See more »

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Follows Calling Dr. Death (1943) See more »

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Definitely watchable, but not as good as some other Inner Sanctum B-pictures
11 December 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

On video, this film is part of a two film set of Inner Sanctum mysteries--the other being the more interesting DEAD MAN'S EYES.

PILLOW OF DEATH is a "B-movie"--a shorter film with a lower budget that is meant as the second film at a double-feature. In most cases, people came to the theater to see the "A-picture" and the B-movie was more like an added bonus. Most B-films are definitely on the cheap side and have pretty anemic budgets, though occasionally one rises above these lower expectations. While most of this film is purely average and not particularly noteworthy for the genre, the film definitely ends very well as a murder mystery--catching me by surprise by who the real murderer was. So, for lovers of mystery and suspense, this film is well worth seeing, though others might be a bit unimpressed by the overall product. Not bad at all, but far from great or memorable.


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