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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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Thurston Hall ...
Grant
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Butch (as Maxie Rosenbloom)
Bert Hanlon ...
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Curt Bois ...
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Vladimir Sokoloff ...
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Candy
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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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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 5, 1944 with Edward G. Robinson and Claire Trevor 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

'Rocks' Valentine: Rocks is a magnificent specimin of pure viciousness. He's really woth exploring.
Jo Keller: Watch yourself while you're doing it, or you'll end up with an undertaker exploring you.
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I Wanna Go Back to Bali
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Music by Harry Warren
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Robinson, Bogart, and the Warner Brothers Stock Company at their best
8 June 2000 | by (Long Island NY) – See all my reviews

Take a successful broadway play, add Edward G Robinson, Humphery Bogart, Claire Trevor and the Warner Brothers stock company to the mix and you can't go wrong. And this one doesn't go wrong.

Robinson plays Dr Clitterhouse, an extremely successful doctor catering only to High Society patients.

In reality Clitterhouse only wants to do a study on criminals with the hope of developing a cure for crime by finding out what makes these men tick.

To do this he joins a gang led by Trevor as the brains and Bogie as the Brawn.

Clitterhouse participates in their ventures and while on the job measures things like blood pressure, heartbeat and other vital signs, but what he doesn't count on is his near addiction to crime.

Robinson makes a great Clitterhouse(Cedric Hardwicke played him on Broadway)Bogart in his gangster milieu, plays Rocks Valentine like it is second nature to him. The Stock company in this one consists of Ward Bond, Vladimir Sokoloff, Maxie Rosenbloom, Donald Crisp, Gale Page and John Litel.

Dr Clitterhouse is a fun film, but don't ask him to make a house call


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