The Frozen Ghost (1945)

Genres - Horror  |   Run Time - 61 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Cavett Binion

An installment from Universal's "Inner Sanctum" series (whose trademark featured an introduction narrated by a spooky disembodied head), this low-budget thriller stars Lon Chaney, Jr. as luckless stage hypnotist "Gregor the Great" who, after seemingly causing the death of one of his audience volunteers, is forced to go into hiding. He is eventually offered a job by Rudi Poldan (Martin Kosleck), assistant curator of a wax museum. This apparent stroke of good fortune is actually part of a nefarious scheme concocted by Gregor's sleazy manager (Milburn Stone), with whose assistance Rudi hopes to drive the unbalanced performer off the deep end and steal away his girlfriend (Evelyn Ankers). Chaney's performance is less than compelling and fails to give this low-rent programmer the melodramatic boost it desperately needs. Despite the title, no ghosts actually appear -- frozen or thawed.



hypnosis, wax-museum, agent [representative], craziness, curator, jealousy, misfortune, museum, romance, scheme, wrongful-death, fortune [chance], gigolo, torment, investigation, volunteer