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The Frozen Ghost (1945)

Unrated | | Horror, Mystery, Romance | 1 June 1945 (USA)
A stage mentalist involved in a mysterious death and a discredited plastic surgeon are among the assorted characters involved in mysterious goings-on in an eerie wax museum.

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Harold Young

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Bernard Schubert (screenplay), Luci Ward (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Alex Gregor / Gregor the Great (as Lon Chaney)
Evelyn Ankers ... Maura Daniel
Milburn Stone ... George Keene
Douglass Dumbrille ... Inspector Brant
Martin Kosleck ... Rudi Polden
Elena Verdugo ... Nina Coudreau
Tala Birell ... Mme. Valerie Monet
Arthur Hohl ... Skeptic
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Stage mentalist Gregor the Great becomes enraged when a drunken audience member belittles his act. When the man dies suddenly, Gregor convinces himself that his hypnotic powers are to blame. Guilt-ridden, he retires from performing to Valerie Monet's wax museum. He becomes increasingly stressed when he is pursued romantically by Valerie, her niece, and his former stage assistant, Maura Daniel. When Valerie mysteriously disappears, it is apparent that sinister forces are at work in the museum. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Hypnotic eyes...crawling with madness! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inner Sanctum #4: The Frozen Ghost See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Part of the original Shock Theater package of 52 titles released to television in 1957, followed a year later with SON OF SHOCK, which added 20 more features. See more »

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When Rudi throws the second knife at Nina it sticks in the pillar by her head. When she turns to run up the stairs the knife is no longer there. See more »

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Followed by Pillow of Death (1945) See more »

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Don't think, just enjoy
7 December 2006 | by m2mallorySee all my reviews

"The Frozen Ghost" might just be the quintessential wacky 1940s B-movie mystery, packed with enough plot to fill any six films, and uncertain of which of those six films it really wants to be. While it may not be the most serious of the "Inner Sanctum" series of low-low-budget thrillers made by Unversal between 1943 and 1945, it is likely the most entertaining. Part murder mystery, part wax museum horror film, part romance, "The Frozen Ghost" gallops along at a nonsensical pace and features a rich group of actors, all of whom are peculiarly cast. Leading the pack is Lon Chaney, who tried to escape the heavy Wolf Man and Mummy makeup with this series, and who does a pretty good job as a stage hypnotist tormented by the thought that he might have killed someone during his act. This might be Chaney's best stab at a leading man role, though it is undermined by the fact that every single female character in the film, from age 16 to 40, falls madly in love with him at sight, much in the way Roger Moore's version of James Bond was a walking aphrodisiac. While Chaney was a passable leading man, ascribing this rampant sex appeal to him is as fantastical as brain transplants. Douglas Dumbrille, a smooth British actor given to silky villains, plays the tough American detective, and Martin Kosleck, usually cast as a cold as ice Nazi, here appears as a road-company Peter Lorre lunatic. And Milburn Stone -- "Doc" on "Gunsmoke" -- shows up as Chaney's harried agent. But don't even worry about the caprices of the casting or plotting. Just sit back, try to keep up with it, and enjoy the kind of anything-goes film-making that doesn't exist anymore.


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