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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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Credited cast:
Wayne Fletcher (as Lon Chaney)
Rosalind Ivan ...
Amelia Kincaid
Belle Kincaid
Samuel 'Sam' Kincaid
Police Captain McCracken
Bernard Thomas ...
Bruce Malone (as Bernard B. Thomas)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fern Emmett ...
Mrs. Williams (scenes deleted)


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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14 December 1945 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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This was the last of six features in Univeral's INNER SANCTUM series,filmed from February 26-March 13,1945,and released December 14. See more »


Julian Julian: Do you think your wife committed suicide?
Wayne Fletcher: I don't... really know what to think.
Julian Julian: Your wife was murdered, Mr. Fletcher. I instructed her to rest before coming to my studio for tonight's experiment... and then... I seemed to receive a message from her... I knew she had come to harm. I;m sure she was trying to contact me... from the other side.
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A Good Inner Sanctum Mystery
23 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lon Chaney is suspected of murder when his wife is found dead. It doesn't help any, when it's discovered he's been out with his secretary. This is my first experience with The Inner Sanctum mysteries. In the beginning, I didn't quite know how to take it, seriously or campy. The dialogue and stiff acting by Lon made the film feel amateurish and unintentionally funny. But I have to admit, watching more, I seemed to forget myself and was totally into it. A lot of it was due in part to other actors, adept at what they're doing, like Brenda Joyce, as the secretary, J. Edward Bromberg as a supposed psychic, and Rosalind Ivan as the eccentric housekeeper. Oh, and George Cleveland was especially good as the old man. Even now knowing the twist ending, I would watch it over and enjoy its spirit! So join in the séance and talk to dead people! They help find the murderer in "Pillow of Death."

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