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Pillow of Death (1945)

An unfaithful attorney is suspected of murdering his wife.


Wallace Fox


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




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)


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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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 »


Sam Kincaid: Oh, you finally came home, didya'? Do you realize it's 7:30 and I haven't had my dinner yet?
Belle Kincaid: What I've been doing is more important than eating!
Sam Kincaid: At my age nothing's more important than eating!
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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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The last - but not least - "Inner Sanctum" mystery
15 April 2014 | by binapiraeusSee all my reviews

"Pillow of Death" is the last one of the six adaptations for screen of the hugely popular radio mystery show "Inner Sanctum" (which itself continued until 1952) - and it's a real shame that the movie series, made so excellently by Universal Pictures and all starring Lon Chaney Jr. in some of his best performances, ends here, because there would have been a potential for quite some more creepy, suspenseful murder mysteries in the same style...

After some really 'modern' 40s Noir-style entries, this last "Inner Sanctum" movie returns to the good old-fashioned 'dark old house mystery', with all the ingredients from a spooky old manor with 'ghosts' in the attic to secret passages to doors opening and closing by themselves - and, of course, a whole series of murders, which begins with the wife of lawyer Wayne Fletcher (Lon Chaney Jr.), who's having an affair with his secretary Donna, who happens to be the heir to the big fortune of an old aristocratic family, whose female members are very much intrigued by the dubious 'medium' Julian Julian (J. Edward Bromberg), who had also worked with Fletcher's wife...

Providing a REALLY twisted plot, with great performances, a wonderfully old-fashioned mystery atmosphere, and quite some funny moments amidst all the suspense, this last "Inner Sanctum" movie will be a BIG enjoyment for all the fans of the GENUINE 'old dark house mystery', which was almost on the verge of extinction at the time of the making of "Pillow of Death"; and it's a REAL challenge for every 'whodunit' fan to find the murderer!

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Release Date:

14 December 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inner Sanctum #6: Pillow of Death See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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