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"Inner Sanctum" (1948)

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"Inner Sanctum" (1948)

Postby mongoII » July 27th, 2007, 11:34 am

I originally entered this piece at IMDb on July 25, 2001. Has anyone on the the SSO boards seen this movie?

Since this black and white B flick is only under an hour I doubt that it will ever see the light of day on video. It's too bad since it is an unusual and tidy little mystery of the late 1940's. A Seer (fortune-teller) brilliantly played by Fritz Leiber predicts that a young girl (Mary Beth Hughes) will encounter tragedy on a train. It all comes together when a man (Charles Russell) fleeing from the law for a murder hides out in a boarding house. Other than the gorgeous Miss Hughes and handsome Mr Russell the boarders include the delightful Nana Bryant, feisty Lee Patrick, freckled faced kid Dale Belding and Billy House. Above-par B film fare especially for Noir fans.

In the meantime, the movie is now available on DVD, and I intend to get hold of it.

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Postby vallo » July 30th, 2007, 1:53 pm

Sounds quite interesting. Thanks for the Heads-up...

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Postby nightwalker » September 19th, 2007, 1:05 pm

This is a pretty good little B picture, made by arrangement with Simon & Schuster, the same publishers with whom Universal "agreed" when they made their series of "Inner Sanctum" thrillers with Lon Chaney Jr. a few years previously.

Agree with your summary, Mongo, except that Dr. Valonius warns the girl not to get off the train. It's when she does that tragedy occurs.

A dark, moody little film from director Lew Landers, who also directed 1935's THE RAVEN, with Karloff & Lugosi, and 1943's RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE, also with Lugosi.

Available from Alpha Video and definitely worth a look!

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Re: "Inner Sanctum" (1948)

Postby Vienna » November 19th, 2012, 1:03 pm

I watched Inner Sanctum on and found it enjoyable,with a hint of the supernatural and a good ending.

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Re: "Inner Sanctum" (1948)

Postby RedRiver » March 27th, 2013, 4:08 pm

I watched a poor copy of this thriller and enjoyed it nonetheless. The INNER SANCTUM brand was attached to many things. B movies, radio plays, even a series of books if I understand correctly. I don't know much about this topic, but it intrigues me. That, I must suppose, was the intention! I've rekindled this thread because I have nothing better to do!

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Re: "Inner Sanctum" (1948)

Postby JackFavell » March 27th, 2013, 4:30 pm

I remember hearing an Inner Sanctum radio show when I was a kid. I also think that I might have seen a very early MAD magazine takeoff on it.

Here's an archive of radio shows from the series:

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Re: "Inner Sanctum" (1948)

Postby Rita Hayworth » March 27th, 2013, 4:49 pm

It is an excellent B Movie Film Noir. I love it and would like seeing it again in the near future too.

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Re: "Inner Sanctum" (1948)

Postby Brian McFadden » March 26th, 2014, 10:25 pm

This is a great little noir. Too often it gets confused with a series of "B" films put out by Universal. Each of the series entries had its own title, but Universal always emphasized the "Inner Sanctum" connection, as shown below:

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Re: "Inner Sanctum" (1948)

Postby Professional Tourist » March 27th, 2014, 7:27 am

Here's the film at the Internet Archive: :)

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