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The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938)

 -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  30 July 1938 (USA)
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Black comedy about a brilliant Park Avenue doctor who becomes a criminal in order to do research into the criminal mind.

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Nurse Randolph
Henry O'Neill ...
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Dr. Clitterhouse is fascinated with the working of the criminal mind. His interest is so deep that he finds the best way to observe criminals in action is to become one himself! Whilst robbing a safe at an exclusive party he stumbles across an organized gang trying to the same thing. He teams up with the gang to observe them in action but one of the members, Rocks Valentine would like nothing better than to see Clitterhouse out of the way. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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30 July 1938 (USA)  »

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The Amazing Doctor Clitterhouse  »

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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 2, 1941 with Edward G. Robinson and Humphrey Bogart reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

At about 80 minutes into the film, the prosecutor cross examines the incomprehensible expert witness. In the first shot, the prosecutor unbuttons his jacket. In the next shot, he unbuttons it again. See more »

Quotes

Dr. T.S. Clitterhouse: [after shining a flashlight in Rock's eyes] Nothing to be afraid of - just an accident.
'Rocks' Valentine: [Angrily] Don't let no more accidents happen! I ain't no guy you can push around like these other dopes!
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Version of The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1947) See more »

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Eine kleine Nachtmusik, 1st movement
(1787) (uncredited)
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doctor researches criminals by being one
2 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved it! The story isn't great but Eddie G. is slick as he runs circles around his less intelligent counterparts. He has some clever lines and proves once again how a great actor can carry a film. Eddie plays Dr. T. S. Clitterhouse, a successful doctor who is intrigued by the criminal mind. As he gets involved in pulling off some robberies for his "research", he finds himself feeling a "heady intoxication like champagne". He tries to get out of the criminal life but his antagonist, Bogie of course, won't let him. As in many films, it's now Bogart vs Robinson. Who wins? Nice try, just watch and enjoy the movie and you'll see. This was before Bogie was a headliner and it's fun to see how he was developing his on screen persona. If you're a Bogie and Eddie G. fan, you'll like this one. It's definitely worth a look.


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