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Lon Chaney Jr.,
J. Edward Bromberg
Stage mentalist Gregor the Great becomes enraged when a drunken audience member belittles his act. When the man dies suddenly, Gregor convinces himself that his hypnotic powers are to blame. Guilt-ridden, he retires from performing to Valerie Monet's wax museum. He becomes increasingly stressed when he is pursued romantically by Valerie, her niece, and his former stage assistant, Maura Daniel. When Valerie mysteriously disappears, it is apparent that sinister forces are at work in the museum.Written by
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Fourth of the six INNER SANCTUM features, shot June 19-July 1, 1944, and released June 29, 1945, on a double bill with "The Jungle Captive, " both copyrighted 1944. See more »
In the opening scene, stage hypnotist Alex Gregor invites a drunken heckler to the stage and attempts to hypnotize him. A real stage hypnotist would never work with a subject who was under the influence because alcohol interferes with the brain's ability to receive hypnotic suggestions. See more »
Lon Chaney Jr. stars as Alex Gregor, a stage mentalist who has a terrible mishap occur when he tries to hypnotize a drunken fool in his act. The man dies, and Alex blames himself, even though police claim it was a heart attack, he decides to retire. His manager persuades him to stay with his friend Valerie, who runs a wax museum, where he meets her attractive niece Nina(played by Elena Verdugo) and the jealous and sinister wax worker Rudi(played by Martin Koslek). When Valerie mysteriously disappears, suspicion falls on Alex, but his assistant/fiancée(played by Evelyn Ankers) helps him uncover the real culprit. Entertaining film with a good cast and story, which may be obvious to a point, but film remains fun for a low budgeter.
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