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Strange Confession (1945)

Approved | | Crime, Horror, Drama | 5 October 1945 (USA)
A scientist who is working on a cure for influenza is victimized by his unscrupulous boss, who releases the vaccine before it's ready, resulting in the death of the scientist's young son.

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A distraught Jeff Carter arrives at a renowned lawyer's home with a mysterious bag and a confession he desperately wants heard. Jeff was an underpaid chemist working for unprincipled pharmaceutical tycoon Roger Graham, who takes the profit, as well as the credit, for Jeff's discoveries and hard work. When Graham prioritizes profits over safety, Jeff resigns and is blacklisted by his boss. A chastened Graham is later forced to relent and rehires Jeff under the latter's terms. He presses him to release an unproven influenza drug, but Jeff refuses and asks to go to South America to perfect the formula. The unscrupulous Graham uses the opportunity to release the drug as well as romance Jeff's attractive wife. When Jeff returns and finds that his son has died from the effects of the untested drug, he decides to take revenge. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1020@aol.com)

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Due to a rights dispute(being an unauthorized remake of 1934's "The Man Who Reclaimed His Head"), this film was not released to television with the other "Inner Sanctum" features. It was the fifth of the six entries, filmed February 1-14, 1945, and released October 5. After its theatrical reissue using the title "The Missing Head", the film vanished until its video release in the 1990s. See more »

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A Good Film in the Series
7 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best - if not the best - film of the Inner Sanctum Mysteries series.

Chaney plays Jeff Carter a chemist trying to find a cure for influenza. He is married to Mary (Brenda Carter)and they have a son together. He is not after fame nor fortune but sincerely wants to help mankind. His boss, Roger Graham, is not a nice guy - all he is wanting is the money from sales of the pharmaceutical drug that Jeff is developing. All seems fine when Jeff quits working for Roger but, later on, Roger talks Jeff into coming back to work for him - this is where things turn bad for Jeff and Mary. You'll have to watch the film for yourself to find out what went wrong and why.

Great mystery - I highly recommend this one for fans of mystery, crime, and even horror.

9/10


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