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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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"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 »

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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
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Two Doctors
18 December 2005 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

It's interesting to muse about the similarities and differences between "The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse" and Fritz Lang's "Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse". In both, medical doctors become underworld bosses, and both main characters are mentally unbalanced.

Although they are vastly different films -- "Mabuse" is dark, almost noirish, with a stylistic debt to German Expressionism, while "Clitterhouse" is more straightforward and less stylistically defined -- it's almost as if "Clitterhouse" was intended to be the lighter, comic, Americanized version of "Mabuse", which predated it by 5 years. At the very least, I wonder if "Mabuse" was the initial inspiration for writing "Clitterhouse."

I found "The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse" to be entertaining, if not among the best of the period's films.


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