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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Pillow of Death (1945)

In spite of the ridiculous title, Pillow of Death is actually a decent thriller that marks the end of the Inner Sanctum Mystery series.  Director number four is at the helm and Wallace Fox [The Corpse Vanishes, Bowery at Midnight] restores the integrity of the series, ending on a high note. 

Lon Chaney Jr is back.  This time he plays attorney Wayne Fletcher whose wife is found smothered to death.  He becomes the prime suspect, but not all is as clear as it seems.  Pillow of Death has great pacing and a classic who-dunnit script with a few nice twists along the way.  This film is as good as the first three in the series and is quite enjoyable.  The voice-overs that were prevalent in the earlier films are gone.  To be honest, they were wearing a bit thin so I’m glad they decided to change things up a bit with this film. 

This is just a classic 1940’s thriller.  It’s hardly innovative but it is quite enjoyable.

RATING: Very Good.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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