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The Frozen Ghost [Inner Sanctum Mystery]

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The Frozen Ghost (1945) starring Lon Chaney Jr., Evelyn Ankers
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The Frozen Ghost (1945) starring Lon Chaney Jr., Evelyn Ankers

The Frozen Ghost is a film noir mystery film directed by Harold Young. It is the fourth of the six “Inner Sanctum” mystery films. Cross the wax museum horror genre with hypnosis gone wrong, and you get this film.


  • Lon Chaney Jr. (The Wolf Man) … Alex Gregor / Gregor the Great. The hypnotist, who believes he unwittingly caused the death of a skeptic. He then abandons his career, and goes to work at a wax museum. He’s holding an extended pity party for himself.
  • Evelyn Ankers (Ghost of Frankenstein) … Maura Daniel. Alex’s fiancée and assistant, who’s apparently psychic when hypnotized.
  • Milburn Stone (Gunsmoke) … George Keene. Alex’s business manager.
  • Douglass Dumbrille (Cardinal Richelieu, Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion) … Inspector Brant. He doesn’t consider Alex responsible for the death of the skeptic. However, he does suspect him when Mme. Monet goes missing.
  • Martin Kosleck (House of Horrors) … Rudi Polden. The sculptor and curator of the wax museum. He talks to his wax figures …. And seems jealous of Alex.
  • Elena Verdugo (House of Frankenstein) … Nina Coudreau. Valerie’s niece. She also has romantic designs on Alex. It seems like every female in this movie does!
  • Tala Birell (Bringing Up Baby) … Mme. Valerie Monet. The owner and operator of the wax museum. She clearly has romantic designs on Alex.
  • Arthur Hohl (The Devil-Doll) … Skeptic. The drunken, obnoxious bore that volunteers to be hypnotized. Although he’s convinced that he can’t be hypnotized. And soon drops dead. An alcoholic, with heart problems.
The main cast of “The Frozen Ghost” – Lon Chaney Jr., Evelyn Ankers, Milburn Stone, Elena Verdugo

Editorial review of The Frozen Ghost courtesy of Amazon

The Frozen Ghost (1945): Things are certainly not what they seem when a hypnotist takes refuge in the spectacular mansion of a female friend who made her money from a creepy wax museum.

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