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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 »

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Wallace Fox

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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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Better Than the Average
2 September 2010 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Reviewers really disagree on the merits of this final Inner Sanctum entry. To me, it's the most fun of the six, although I think the first entry Calling Dr. Death (1943) is the most imaginative and comes closest to what the series was trying to achieve in the realm of psychological horror.

What lifts this 60-minutes are several droll performances, a great Gothic set (no doubt left over from an A-production), and a pretty good whodunit that kept me guessing. George Cleveland's crusty old man remains a real hoot, and a role he appears to be really enjoying. Note too cop Winton Graff's subtly droll reactions to Cleveland's scrappy character. Too bad they don't have more scenes together. Then there're the two sourpuss old women. I especially like Rosalind Ivan's ditzy old gal with her subtle tongue-in-cheek. (At the same time, i also can't help noticing the rather woeful Bernard Thomas as the young neighbor, demonstrating again how the war had depleted Hollywood's ranks of young male talent.)

And check out that elaborate Gothic set, so richly appointed that it adds needed spooky atmosphere. Speaking of atmosphere, the lighting bill must have come to all of five dollars. Come to think of it-- I wonder if the cast kept bumping into each other. Also, I certainly didn't anticipate the solution to the whodunit. Cleverly, it doesn't follow stereotype. No, there's nothing memorable here, but this series programmer is more subtly amusing than most and better than the series norm, at least, in my view.


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