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Calling Dr. Death
Directed by Reginald Le Borg
Produced by Ben Pivar
Written by Edward Dein
Starring Lon Chaney, Jr.
Patricia Morison
J. Carrol Naish
Music by Paul Sawtell
Cinematography Virgil Miller
Editing by Norman A. Cerf
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) North America December 17, 1943
Europe April 11, 1944
Running time 63 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Followed by Weird Woman (1944)

Calling Dr. Death (1943) was the first of the Universal Pictures Inner Sanctum mystery films. The movie stars Lon Chaney, Jr. and Patricia Morison, and was directed by Reginald Le Borg. The "Inner Sanctum" franchise originated with a popular radio series and all of the films star Lon Chaney's son.


Dr. Mark Steele (Lon Chaney, Jr.) loses memory of the past few days after learning that his wife has been brutally murdered. Steele is aware of his wife's infidelity and believes he could be the killer. He asks his office nurse Stella Madden (Patricia Morison) to help him recover his lost memories.


Lon Chaney, Jr. ... Dr. Mark Steel (as Lon Chaney)
Patricia Morison ... Stella Madden
J. Carrol Naish ... Inspector Gregg
David Bruce ... Bob Duval
Ramsay Ames ... Maria Steele
Fay Helm ... Mrs. Duval
Holmes Herbert ... Bryant (the Butler)

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