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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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J. Edward Bromberg ...
Rosalind Ivan ...
Amelia Kincaid
Clara Blandick ...
Belle Kincaid
George Cleveland ...
Samuel 'Sam' Kincaid
Wilton Graff ...
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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This is the only one of the six Inner Sanctum films to omit the "Spirit of the Inner Sanctum" prologue. See more »

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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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The only Inner Sanctum film not to have the floating head in the crystal ball before the opening credits. See more »

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Follows Calling Dr. Death (1943) See more »

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A Really Good Whodunit
7 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is super good whodunit for those who have not seen it. The film will keep you changing your mind on who you think the murderer is up until the very end. If you like trying to solve a mystery then you might like this film. It has some cute moments and leaves you in suspense for most all of the movie.

Someone killed Wayne Fletcher's (Lon Chaney Jr) wife - but who and why? Wayne is in love with Donna Kincaid (Brenda Joyce) she is in love with him. Bruce Malone (Bernard Thomas) is in love with Donna but Donna only likes him as her friend. So you have a strange love triangle going on in the film.

Donna comes from a family with money. Her family has hired a medium Julian Julian to find the ghost in their home. Ironically, Wayne's wife was talking to the same medium before her death.

Between the money, love triangle and the spirits in the home this sets up a strange but good whodunit story that is quite fun to watch.

9/10


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