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Inner Sanctum (1948)

A man fleeing the police after having committed a murder hides out in a boarding house in a small town.

Director:

Lew Landers

Writer:

Jerome T. Gollard (original screenplay) (as Jerome Todd Gollard)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Russell ... Harold Dunlap
Mary Beth Hughes ... Jean Maxwell
Dale Belding Dale Belding ... Mike Bennett
Billy House ... McFee
Fritz Leiber ... Dr. Valonius
Nana Bryant ... Mrs. Mitchell
Lee Patrick ... Ruth Bennett
Roscoe Ates ... Willie
Eddie Parks ... Barney
Eve Miller ... Marie Kembar
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A man accidentally kills his fiancée as he exits a train. Just as the train pulls out, he drops her body on the rear platform. No one saw him do it, but someone does see him at the otherwise deserted station: a mischievous, freckle-faced boy. Later, he's walking along a road when the town's newspaper editor stops and gives him a lift. The editor tells his passenger that a flood has washed out the bridge. For now, there's no way out of town, so he takes the stranger to a boarding house. Fate decrees that of all houses, this is the one where the boy lives. The boy thinks he recognizes the new boarder. The new boarder thinks it's time to get rid of the boy. And a sexy blonde living at the house thinks it's time to run off with a man she knows is a murderer. Written by J. Spurlin

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GREAT ON THE AIR! - THRILLING AS A BEST SELLER! - A SENSATION AS A NEW MOTION PICTURE MYSTERY that MAKES HISTORY! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Reise ins Verderben See more »

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Production Co:

M.R.S. Pictures Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious, and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional. See more »

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Harold Dunlap: There's no sense in scaring the boy.
Ruth Bennett: He should be scared. I'm scared with him alone heaven knows where. If scaring will scare him, he should be scared.
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You're very pretty...when your lips aren't moving
5 September 2009 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Inner Sanctum (1948)

A short, bizarre, surprisingly captivating film. It's totally Twilight Zone when you get to the last two minutes, so hang in there for the hour before that. It has a noir quality that makes it moody, and it has some truly artsy expressionist segments montaged in during the flood, partly as psychological metaphor. The director, Lew Landers, has an astonishing 100 plus movies and a lot of early television to his name, and I'm guessing there are some other sterling moments among them.

But for the moment we have Inner Sanctum. There is a candid, campy acting throughout that's fresh and entertaining, from the boy who's a convincing sweetie to the reporter who's a total bumbling hoot (watch him cheat at checkers). If it borders on deliberate comedy at times, it's more sustained by its tone of utter innocence among the townspeople, so they joke and make odd comments exactly the way real people would. The candid quality is at odds with the one rather stiff character, the lead man, who carries some kind of weight around beyond even his crime. Such is the film noir lead at its archetypal best, and this is from the height of post-war noir.

So, a great movie it isn't but a movie with great qualities it is. No joke.


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