After Police Captain Dan McLaren becomes police commissioner former detective Johnny Blake knocks him down convincing rackets boss Al Kruger that Blake is sincere in his effort to join the ... See full summary »
Edward G. Robinson,
Police surround the apartment of apparent murderer Joe Adams, who refuses to surrender although escape appears impossible. During the siege, Joe reflects on the circumstances that led him to this situation.
Barbara Bel Geddes,
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 do 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
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After the New York production, the studio had some difficulty obtaining the movie rights to the play because Barre Lyndon retained control of the movie rights and placed the play on the open market. See more »
Dr. Clitterhouse pronounces the word 'Lieutenant' as 'Loo-ten-ant', and pronounces the letter 'Z' as 'Zee'. Since Dr. Clitterhouse has an English accent we can therefore assume that he is an Englishman, and most Englishmen pronounce 'Lieutenant' as 'Lef-ten-ant' and the letter 'Z' as 'Zed'. See more »
Robinson, Bogart, and the Warner Brothers Stock Company at their best
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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