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
Editing by Edward Curtiss
Release date(s) December 14, 1945
Running time 66 min
Language English

Pillow of Death (1945) was the last of the Inner Sanctum mystery films. The movie stars Lon Chaney, Jr. and Brenda Joyce, was directed by Wallace Fox, and 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's son. 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 with a pillow, he naturally becomes the suspect. As others are killed in the same manner and a phony medium (Bromberg) also claims he's guilty, Fletcher begins to imagine his dead wife is communicating with him, making it even more difficult for him to prove his innocence.


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