The Frozen Ghost (1945)

USA,
61m
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English
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An American horror film directed by Harold Young. It is the fourth of the series.

Plot Summary

Gregor the Great, a down on his luck stage hypnotist is forced into hiding when an audience member dies during his act. He ends up working a wax museum unaware that he's become part of a scheme by the manager to drive him mad and steal his girlfriend.

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Directed by: Harold Young
Universal presents an Inner Sanctum mystery by arrangement with Simon and Schuster, Inc. Publishers. A Universal picture
Associate Producer: Will Cowan
Screenplay by: Bernard Schubert and Luci Ward
Original Story by: Harrison Carter and Henry Sucher
Adaptation by: Henry Sucher
Assistant Director: Fred Frank *
Dialogue Director: Edward Dein
Director of Photography: Paul Ivano
Editor: Fred R. Feitshans Jr *
Musical Director: H.J. Salter
Music: William Lava *, Paul Sawtell *, Frank Skinner *
Director of Sound: Bernard B. Brown
Technician: William Hedgcock
Western Electric Recording
Gowns: Vera West
Art Direction: John B. Goodman, Abraham Grossman
Set Decorations: Russell A. Gausman, Ray L. Jeffers

Cast
Lon Chaney [real name: Lon Chaney Jr] (Alex Gregor[/Gregor the Great])
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)
Eddie Acuff, Charles Jordan [reporters] *
Polly Bailey [woman in audience] *
Jan Bryant [teenage girl in audience] *
Pauline Drake [Mabel] *
William Haade [policeman on dock] *
Leyland Hodgson [doctor from audience] *
David Hoffman [The Spirit of the Inner Sanctum] *
Dennis Moore [radio show announcer] *

References

Periodicals

  • American Cinematographer vol.67 no.12 (December 1986) pp.34-40 – article
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.9 p.37
  • L'Écran Fantastique no.72 (September 1986) pp.67-69 (France) – illustrated article
  • Fangoria no.167 (October 1997) p.33 – illustrated note
  • Kine Weekly no.2000 (16 August 1945) – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.12 p.97 – credits, review
  • New York Motion Picture Critics Reviews vol.2 no.26 (30 July 1945) p.267 – credits, review
  • Sight & Sound vol.31 no.2 (March 2021) p.86 – blu-ray review (Home cinema by Kim Newman)
  • Today's Cinema vol.65 no.5225 (14 August 1945) – review

Books

  • A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series by Ken Hanke pp.173-174; 175
  • Feature Films, 1940-1949: A United States Filmography by Alan G. Fetrow p.162
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.145
  • Recovering 1940s Horror Cinema: Traces of a Lost Decade by Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare, Charlie Ellbé and Kristopher Woofter (eds.) pp.139
  • by Walt Lee p.153 – credits
  • Universal Horrors by Michael Brunas, John Brunas and Tom Weaver – article
  • Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror by Michael Mallory p.167 – illustrated article