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Le Borg, Reginald (director); Edward Dein (screenwriter); Lon Chaney, J. Carrol Naish (starring)
[Inner Sanctum] Calling Dr. Death (Original screenplay for the 1943 film)
Universal City, CA: Universal Pictures, 1943. Draft script for the 1943 film. Heavily annotated draft, from which the October 5, 1943 mimeograph master was made, so noted in holograph pencil at the top right corner of the front wrapper. First film in the "Inner Sanctum" series. Universal struck a deal with publishers Simon and Schuster in 1943, obtaining screen rights to their "Inner Sanctum" mysteries, set to star Lon Chaney, Jr. (fresh off his classic monster roles), and this film marked the first installment. Ben Pivar purchased freelance writer Edward Dein's original screenplay, and selected Reginald Le Borg to direct. The film would set the standard for the series, including the introductory sequence of a crystal ball gazer who warns the audience of impending, albeit cinematic, doom, and the recurrent "stream of consciousness" voiceover. Chaney is neurologist Mark Steele, married to a beautiful and unfaithful wife Maria (Ames). Distraught over his wife's infidelity, he suffers a blackout, only to wake up to interrogators (Naish) questioning him about his wife's murder. He believes he may have been the murderer, until he hypnotizes the despondent wife of Maria's last lover, Stella (Patricia Morison), who confesses. Gray card titled wrappers, rubber-stamped production No. 7140, dated September 2, 1943, with credits for screenwriter Dein. Title page present, dated Oct. 4, 1943, with credits for screenwriter Dein. 107 leaves on pink stock, mimeograph duplication, with yellow undated revision pages throughout. Pages Very Good plus, wrapper Very Good, bound with three gold b … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Royal Books [United States]

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