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The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938)

Approved  |   |  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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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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Producer Robert Lord favored Ronald Colman in the title role but was overruled by studio boss Jack L. Warner, who cast studio contractee Edward G. Robinson. After director Anatole Litvak was assigned to the project, Lord's role shifted from producer to associate producer. See more »

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Near the end of the movie there is a montage of newspaper headlines, the word PSYCHIATRIST is mis-spelled in the headline. 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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Version of The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1962) See more »

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How Dry I Am!
(1919) (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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