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Strange Confession (1945)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 5 October 1945 (USA)
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.

Director:

John Hoffman

Writers:

M. Coates Webster (screenplay), Jean Bart (based on a composition by)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Jeff (as Lon Chaney)
Brenda Joyce ... Mary
J. Carrol Naish ... Graham
Milburn Stone ... Stevens
Lloyd Bridges ... Dave
Addison Richards ... Dr. Williams
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. O'Connor
George Chandler ... Harper
Gregory Marshall Gregory Marshall ... Tommy (as Gregory Muradian)
Wilton Graff ... Brandon
Francis McDonald ... Hernandez
Jack Norton ... Boarder
Christian Rub ... Mr. Moore
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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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New heights of HORROR!

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Crime | Drama | Horror | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Missing Head 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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Trivia

Due to a rights dispute (being an unauthorized remake of The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (1934)), 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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Follows Calling Dr. Death (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night
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Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
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Good movie, but the original version is better
26 October 2006 | by mgconlan-1See all my reviews

"Strange Confession" was the only Universal "Inner Sanctum" movie I had NEVER seen until the recent release of the entire series on DVD, but from the first few minutes it seemed familiar and I quickly realized why: though the opening credits list the script as based on a "composition" by Jean Bart (which made it seem like it was based on something she wrote in grade school), it was a quite obvious remake of the 1934 Universal film "The Man Who Reclaimed His Head," with Claude Rains, Joan Bennett and Lionel Atwill in the roles played here by Lon Chaney, Jr., Brenda Joyce and J. Carrol Naish. The original took place in France on the eve of the First World War and contained a pacifist message that M. Coates Webster, scenarist for the remake, unsurprisingly omitted since the U.S. was still at war when "Strange Confession" was made. Webster also changed the two antagonists from a radical newspaper editor at odds with his publisher to a scientist at odds with the owner of the pharmaceutical company he works for. Nonetheless, the two films are quite close otherwise and, though hardly as good a film as "The Man Who Reclaimed His Head" (and where is THAT one on DVD, Universal?), "Strange Confession" retains a surprising degree of the original's quality.


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