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Strange Confession (1945)

Approved  |   |  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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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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29 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Strange Confession (1945)

*** (out of 4)

Fifth in the Inner Sanctum series once again features Lon Chaney, Jr.. This time around he plays a brilliant scientist who's trying to find a cure for influenza. His greedy boss (J. Carrol Naish) puts the stuff out on the market before it has been proved to cure and this leads to a tragedy. This is probably the best of the series as it mixes some Frank Capra like quiet moments with some rather mean spirited stuff towards the end. Chaney gives a very good performance and Naish lends a very strong supporting performance.


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