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Universal had previously adapted Jean Bart's play in 1934 as The Man Who Reclaimed His Head, starring Claude Rains and Joan Bennett and directed by Edward Ludwig (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.2724). According to modern sources, Universal failed to note that its contract with Bart made provisions for only one film version of the play. Consequently, Strange Illusion remained entangled in legal problems for years. This film was the fifth entry in Universal's "Inner Sanctum" series, and was re-released in 1953 as The Missing Head. (For more information on the series, consult the Series Index and see the entry above for Calling Dr. Death.) Modern sources indicate that Harry Jones worked on the film as an assistant director and John Martin as a camera operator. In addition, modern sources include Leland Hodgson, Wheaton Chambers, Edward Mahler, Carl Vernell, Beatrice Roberts, Jack Perrin, William Desmond, Arthur Thalasso, Charles Jordan, Jody Gilbert, Eric Mayne, Ella Ethridge, Jack Davidson, James Carlisle, Broderick O'Farrell, Tony Santoro, Carlyle Blackwell, Jr., Lois Austin, Ann Lawrence, Dorothy Reisner, Gene Garrick and Sam Wolfe in the cast.