Pillow of Death
|Pillow of Death|
Poster for the film's release
|Directed by||Wallace Fox|
|Produced by||Ben Pivar|
|Written by||Dwight V. Babcock
|Starring||Lon Chaney, Jr.
|Music by||Frank Skinner|
|Edited by||Edward Curtiss|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
Pillow of Death is a 1945 film noir mystery horror film directed by Wallace Fox and starring Lon Chaney, Jr. and Brenda Joyce. 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.
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.
- Lon Chaney, Jr. as Wayne Fletcher (billed as Lon Chaney)
- Brenda Joyce as Donna Kincaid
- J. Edward Bromberg as Julian Julian
- Rosalind Ivan as Amelia Kincaid
- Clara Blandick as Belle Kincaid
- George Cleveland as Sam Kincaid
- Wilton Graff as Cap'n McCracken
- Bernard Thomas as Bruce Malone (billed as Bernard B. Thomas)
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