Pillow of Death

1945

Attorney Wayne Fletcher and his secretary are having an affair, so when Wayne's wife is found smothered to death, he becomes the prime suspect. As the police investigate the murder, a psychic with questionable motives tries to contact the deceased woman. Soon, Wayne begins seeing visions of his dead wife, and other people involved with the case begin to be killed, one by one.

Cast:
Lon Chaney Jr. .... Wayne Fletcher
Brenda Joyce .... Donna Kincaid
J. Edward Bromberg .... Julian Julian
Rosalind Ivan .... Amelia Kincaid
Clara Blandick .... Belle Kincaid
George Cleveland .... Sam Kincaid
Wilton Graff .... Captain McCracken
Bernard Thomas .... Bruce Malone
J. Farrell MacDonald .... The Sexton
Victoria Horne .... Vivian Fletcher (voice)

Brenda Joyce

The second "Jane" of the durable Tarzan jungle series was born Betty Leabo in Missouri, raised in Los Angeles, and nicknamed "Graftina" by her father when she was a girl. Attending college, the lovely blonde became a photographer's model to help pay her tuition. 20th Century Fox noticed a fashion layout of the young beauty and immediately signed her on for her first film, The Rains Came (1939), changing her name to Brenda Joyce (after silent star Alice Joyce). Building on her sexy single status, the studio didn't take kind to her impulsively marrying army husband Owen Ward and supposedly punished her by keeping her in "B" films. Two children later, she lost interest in her career but was coaxed back to the set when brunette Maureen O'Sullivan left the Tarzan film series and Johnny Weissmuller approved of her as his new blonde swinging mate, beginning her four-year excursion with Tarzan and the Amazons (1945). During this time she also starred with Lon Chaney Jr. and Gale Sondergaard in such "B" chillers as Strange Confession, Pillow of Death (1945) and The Spider Woman Strikes Back (1946). She continued on with a new Tarzan (Lex Barker), but the left her career after her fifth Tarzan movie, Tarzan's Magic Fountain (1949), due to personal problems, one of which was a divorce. Brenda was not proud of her work in the Tarzan features and has lived in relatively anonymity since she left Hollywood in 1949.