The Frozen Ghost (1945)

61 mins | Mystery | 29 June 1945

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HISTORY

According to HR , Reginald LeBorg was assigned by producer Ben Pivar to direct this film in Nov 1943, but filming was delayed and LeBorg was replaced by Harold Young. In an interview published by modern sources, LeBorg states that he left the "Inner Sanctum" series because of a "rift" between himself and series star Lon Chaney. Modern sources add the following names to the crew credits: Contr wrt Maurice Tombragel; Prop master William Nunley ; Double for Martin Kosleck Ken Terrell ; and Stand-ins June Davies and Norma Holm. Modern sources add to the cast: Jan Jacobson ( Organist ), Eddie Bruce ( Audience member ) and Bud Wolfe ( Cab driver ). Modern sources also credit David Hoffman in the role of "Inner Sanctum," but he did not appear in the viewed print. For more information on the series, please consult the Series Index and the above entry for Calling Dr. Death ... More Less

According to HR , Reginald LeBorg was assigned by producer Ben Pivar to direct this film in Nov 1943, but filming was delayed and LeBorg was replaced by Harold Young. In an interview published by modern sources, LeBorg states that he left the "Inner Sanctum" series because of a "rift" between himself and series star Lon Chaney. Modern sources add the following names to the crew credits: Contr wrt Maurice Tombragel; Prop master William Nunley ; Double for Martin Kosleck Ken Terrell ; and Stand-ins June Davies and Norma Holm. Modern sources add to the cast: Jan Jacobson ( Organist ), Eddie Bruce ( Audience member ) and Bud Wolfe ( Cab driver ). Modern sources also credit David Hoffman in the role of "Inner Sanctum," but he did not appear in the viewed print. For more information on the series, please consult the Series Index and the above entry for Calling Dr. Death . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
23 Jun 1945.
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Daily Variety
16 Jun 1944.
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Daily Variety
13 Jun 45
p. 3.
Film Daily
18 Jun 45
p. 58.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Nov 1943.
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Hollywood Reporter
23 Jun 44
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jun 45
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
6 Jan 45
p. 2259.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
16 Jun 45
p. 2498.
New York Times
28 Jul 45
p. 7.
Variety
13 Jun 45
p. 30.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Scr
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTORS
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Dir of sd
[Sd] tech
Re-rec and eff mixer
Mus mixer
DETAILS
Release Date:
29 June 1945
Production Date:
19 Jun--early Jul 1944
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
20 November 1944
Copyright Number:
LP12970
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
61
Length(in feet):
5,516
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

During a performance of his popular radio show, Alex Gregor, better known as "Gregor the Great," places his fiancée, Maura Daniel, into a telepathic state under hypnosis. A drunken skeptic in the audience accuses Alex of being a fake, so the angry mentalist begins to hypnotize him, only to have the man drop dead. Although medical examiners state that the alcoholic died of a heart attack, a guilt-ridden Alex proclaims himself a murderer and breaks his engagement. In order to shield the mentalist from adverse publicity, George Keene, Alex's business manager, arranges for his client to go to work for his old friend, Mme. Valerie Monet, as a lecturer at her wax museum. While both Valerie and Nina Coudreau, her niece, are thrilled to have Alex in their museum, Rudi Poldan, a mentally disturbed plastic surgeon who works at the museum as a sculptor, becomes jealous of their attentions toward Alex. Jealousy rears its ugly head when Valerie falsely accuses Alex of romancing her niece. During their ensuing argument, Valerie faints and Alex leaves the museum. Returning the next day with George, Alex learns that Valerie has disappeared and Police Inspector Brant suspects him of her murder. Unknown to all, Rudi has hidden the comatose Valerie among his wax statues. When Nina discovers her aunt, she rushes to Alex's room, and accuses him of plotting against Valerie with the mad surgeon. Unknown to Nina and Alex, Rudi has been conspiring with George to have Alex committed and gain control of his estate. Later, the two meet at the wax museum, where Rudi shows George how he has placed both Valerie and ... +


During a performance of his popular radio show, Alex Gregor, better known as "Gregor the Great," places his fiancée, Maura Daniel, into a telepathic state under hypnosis. A drunken skeptic in the audience accuses Alex of being a fake, so the angry mentalist begins to hypnotize him, only to have the man drop dead. Although medical examiners state that the alcoholic died of a heart attack, a guilt-ridden Alex proclaims himself a murderer and breaks his engagement. In order to shield the mentalist from adverse publicity, George Keene, Alex's business manager, arranges for his client to go to work for his old friend, Mme. Valerie Monet, as a lecturer at her wax museum. While both Valerie and Nina Coudreau, her niece, are thrilled to have Alex in their museum, Rudi Poldan, a mentally disturbed plastic surgeon who works at the museum as a sculptor, becomes jealous of their attentions toward Alex. Jealousy rears its ugly head when Valerie falsely accuses Alex of romancing her niece. During their ensuing argument, Valerie faints and Alex leaves the museum. Returning the next day with George, Alex learns that Valerie has disappeared and Police Inspector Brant suspects him of her murder. Unknown to all, Rudi has hidden the comatose Valerie among his wax statues. When Nina discovers her aunt, she rushes to Alex's room, and accuses him of plotting against Valerie with the mad surgeon. Unknown to Nina and Alex, Rudi has been conspiring with George to have Alex committed and gain control of his estate. Later, the two meet at the wax museum, where Rudi shows George how he has placed both Valerie and Nina in states of suspended animation. Upon closer examination, however, they discover that Valerie is dead. Now guilty of murder, George insists that they get rid of both women, even though Nina is still alive. Meanwhile, Alex has gone to Maura's apartment to ask for her help, and the two arrive at the wax museum to find a disheveled George. Alex then places Maura into a psychic trance, during which she exposes both George and Rudi. George attempts to escape, only to be captured by an eavesdropping Brant. Alex and Maura then rush down to the furnace room to save Nina. Startled by their appearance, Rudi falls into the furnace and dies. Later, as newlyweds Alex and Maura are about to head off for their honeymoon with their new ward, Nina, Brant arrives and asks for Alex's help in solving a case. Alex replies, "Oh, Inspector, I thought you knew. It's all done with mirrors." +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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