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Calling Dr. Death (1943)

A doctor is not sure if he murdered his beautiful but wicked wife, and has his attractive nurse try to find the truth by hypnotizing him.

Director:

Reginald Le Borg (as Reginald LeBorg)

Writer:

Edward Dein (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Doctor Mark Steele (as Lon Chaney)
Patricia Morison ... Stella Madden
J. Carrol Naish ... Inspector Gregg
David Bruce ... Robert Duval
Ramsay Ames ... Maria Steele
Fay Helm ... Mrs. Duval
Holmes Herbert ... Bryant - the Butler
Alec Craig ... Bill - the Watchman
Frederick Giermann Frederick Giermann ... Marion's Father (as Fred Gierman)
Lisa Golm ... Marion's Mother
Charles Wagenheim Charles Wagenheim ... Coroner
Mary Hale Mary Hale ... Marion
George Eldredge ... District Attorney
John Elliott ... Priest
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Earle Hodgins ... Bartender (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Losing his memories of the last few days, neurologist Dr. Steele is told that his wife has been brutally murdered. Steele, aware of his conniving wife's infidelity, believes he may have been the killer and enlists the aid of his pretty nurse Stella to hypnotize him into recovering his lost memories. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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HYPTNOTIC MURDER! (re-release poster-all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El doctor Muerte See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first of six films in Universal's INNER SANCTUM series,shot October 25- mid November 1943,released December 17. See more »

Goofs

The door to Steele's office reads "HOURS 10-12 AM 2-4 PM." 12:00 AM is midnight, not noon. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Gregg: Somewhere out there at this moment, a murder is being contemplated, and all I can do is wait for death. I start at death, and I have to work my way back to life. And when I find life, I have to destroy it.
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terrific little murder mystery
16 November 2007 | by disdressed12See all my reviews

it may be an old movie,but i liked it.it's a very interesting,well acted murder mystery.the dialogue was quite good,the writing was good and the music adds a real atmosphere of creepiness to the proceedings.there's' not a lot of action.it's more of a psychological character study.and for me,unt9il near the very end,i wasn't sure who the murderer was.Lon Chaney Jr. is the main star.he plays a neurologist/hypnotist who ends up being accused of his wife's murder.the thing about it is,he can't remember the last couple of days,including the day his wife was killed.at least that's what he says.this is part of the Universal Pictures Inner Sanctum Mysteries movie collection.basically,an anthology series along the lines of Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits.anyway,i thoroughly enjoyed this movie,and if you are a Lon Chaney Jr.fan,you might want to check out not only this movie,but the box set collection(five other movies)all starring Chaney.i give Calling Dr. Death a solid 8/10


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