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Pillow of Death (1945)

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 »

Director:

Wallace Fox

Writers:

George Bricker (screenplay), Dwight V. Babcock (original story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Wayne Fletcher (as Lon Chaney)
Brenda Joyce ... Donna Kincaid
J. Edward Bromberg ... Julian Julian
Rosalind Ivan ... Amelia Kincaid
Clara Blandick ... Belle Kincaid
George Cleveland ... Samuel 'Sam' Kincaid
Wilton Graff ... Police Captain McCracken
Bernard Thomas Bernard Thomas ... Bruce Malone (as Bernard B. Thomas)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fern Emmett ... Mrs. Williams (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I nattens skugga See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the last of six features in Univeral's INNER SANCTUM series,filmed from February 26-March 13,1945,and released December 14. See more »

Quotes

Captain McCracken: Oh, by the way, just for the record, what is your real moniker?
Julian Julian: Julian.
Captain McCracken: Julian what?
Julian Julian: Julian Julian.
Captain McCracken: You're in a rut.
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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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Worst of the Six
29 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Pillow of Death (1945)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Final installment in the Inner Sanctum series has a lawyer (Lon Chaney, Jr.) suspected of murdering his wife. After her death he gets involved with a group of psychics. This film, even at 61-minutes, dragged along and bored the hell out of me from the start. Chaney is very bland here as are the supporting characters. The story really isn't too interesting and all the spiritual stuff comes off silly.

This is certainly the worst in the series but you can now view all six films via Universal's DVD collection.


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