Pillow of Death

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Pillow of Death
Poster for the film's release
Directed by Wallace Fox
Produced by Ben Pivar
Written by Dwight V. Babcock
George Bricker
Starring Lon Chaney, Jr.
Brenda Joyce
Music by Frank Skinner
Cinematography Jerome Ash
Edited by Edward Curtiss
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • December 14, 1945 (1945-12-14) (United States)
Running time
66 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Pillow of Death is a 1945 film noir mystery horror film directed by Wallace Fox and starring Lon Chaney, Jr. and Brenda Joyce. [1]The last of the Inner Sanctum mystery films, it is based on a story by Dwight V. Babcock. The "Inner Sanctum" franchise originated with a popular radio series and all of the films star Lon Chaney, Jr. It was the only entry in the series to dispense with the introduction by a disembodied head in a crystal ball, as well as the only one to feature comic-relief characters to alleviate the grim tone.

Plot summary[edit]

Attorney Wayne Fletcher (Chaney, Jr.) intends to divorce his wife and marry his secretary (Joyce), who comes from a wealthy family. When the wife is found suffocated to death, he naturally becomes the suspect. As others are killed in the same manner and a phony medium (Bromberg) also claims Fletcher is guilty, Fletcher begins to imagine his dead wife is communicating with him, making it even more difficult for him to prove his innocence.



  1. ^ Smith, Don G. (2004-01-01). Lon Chaney, Jr.: Horror Film Star, 1906-1973. McFarland. ISBN 9780786418138. 
  2. ^ Staff, Times; Reports, Wire (2009-07-22). "Passings". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-08-31. 

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