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Strange Confession (1945)

 -  Crime | Horror | Drama  -  5 October 1945 (USA)
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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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Jeffrey 'Jeff' Carter (as Lon Chaney)
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Roger Graham
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Dr. Williams
Mary Gordon ...
Mrs. O'Connor
George Chandler ...
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Gregory Marshall ...
Tommy Carter (as Gregory Muradian)
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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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Three Cheers for the FDA
31 August 2010 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Mild-mannered chemist and devoted family man Jeff Carter (Chaney) is exploited by his unscrupulous employer (Naish) until tragedy results.

A half-hour into this programmer and I still wasn't sure where it was going. It plays more like an ordinary melodrama than an entry in a horror series (Universal's Inner Sanctum). Nonetheless, it's the most coherently plotted of the six entries and features Chaney's best performance. He was always good at projecting pathos, unusual for such a hulking figure. Here he gets the opportunity and looks more engaged than usual for the series.

It's a good thing the cast is engaged because the set-up takes some time, enough time for viewers to otherwise wander off. The premise amounts to a cynical look at the pharmaceutical industry, circa 1945. I don't know where the federal Food and Drug Administration was in those days, but the screenplay amounts to a strong case for federal regulation of the drug industry. Not exactly what you'd expect from a horror feature, although there is strong episode of implied horror near the end that works very well.

Anyway, I rather liked this little oddity and enjoyed a young and vigorous Lloyd Bridges clearly on his way up the Hollywood ladder.


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