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Calling Dr. Death (1943)

Calling Dr. Death (1943)

Calling Dr. Death





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In this first of Universal's "Inner Sanctum" mysteries, Lon Chaney Jr. plays a neurologist plagued by a faithless wife. He suffers a bout of insanity, blacks out, and loses all track of time. Upon returning to his home, he discovers that his wife has been murdered. Investigating detective J. Carroll Naish is certain that Chaney is the murderer, and tries to browbeat the suspect into a confession. Chaney himself is half-convinced that he is guilty, and in conducting his own investigation learns the truth. All we can say without spoiling the film is that the truth hurts.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Edward Dein
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Lon Chaney Jr
as Dr. Mark Steel
Ramsay Ames
as Maria Steele
Patricia Morison
as Stella Madden
J. Carrol Naish
as Inspector Gregg
David Bruce
as Robert Duval
Fay Helm
as Mrs. Duval
Alec Craig
as Watchman
Lisa Golm
as Mother
Mary Hale
as Marion
George Eldredge
as District Attorney
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All Critics (1)

The kind of thing that makes you feel that at least someone was really trying to make a good movie.

Full Review… | March 21, 2013
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Calling Dr. Death

This is a strange movie, I wasn't sure how to rate it. It's not bad or good, it's just okay.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


The first of Universal's Inner Sanctum series (and the second I've seen) seems to have a pattern building: Reginal Le Borg's stylish but not overbearing direction with a not-too-believaable performance by Lon Chaney Jr as some sort of doctor ominously whispering his thoughts. Oh, and of course he gets thrown into grisley situation that he didn't, but is of course made to look that he did cause. Like what I'm guessing is the case with the rest of the Inner Sanctum, series, Calling Dr. Death is basically just a (very predicatable) mystery with very little in the supernatural department that the advertising seems to be riding upon. Ultimately, Le Borg's direction (especially during the hypnosis scenes) was the draw for me, not to mention that they don't make women like Patrica Morison and Ramsay Ames anymore.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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