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The Strange Case of Doctor Rx (1942)

 -  Horror | Mystery  -  17 April 1942 (USA)
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Private eye Jerry Church is hired by a criminal defense lawyer after five mobsters he has gotten acquitted are apparently strangled by a serial killer.

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Private Detective Jerry Church
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Dr. Fish
Anne Gwynne ...
Kit Logan Church
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Dudley Crispin
Mona Barrie ...
Eileen Crispin
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Det. Sgt. Sweeney
Paul Cavanagh ...
John Crispin
Edmund MacDonald ...
Det. Capt. Bill Hurd
Mantan Moreland ...
Horatio B.Fitz Washington
John Gallaudet ...
Ernie Paul
William Gould ...
Dist. Atty. Mason
Leyland Hodgson ...
Thomas, the butler
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After five men previously acquitted of various criminal charges are murdered by a mysterious avenger known as Dr. Rx, police Inspector Hurd and Sergeant Sweeney ask private investigator Jerry Church to help them on the case. He takes the case after talking to Dudley Crispin, a brilliant attorney who had defended three of the murdered men. Crispin gains an acquittal for his latest client, Zarini, but the latter falls dead in the courtroom. Jerry marries Kit Logan, who becomes frightened and persuades Jerry to quit the case. He stays however after Ernie Paul, suspected of the Zarini murder, threatens to "get" him if he does not stay on and clear Paul. Dr. Rx captures Jerry and attempts to frighten him into insanity by strapping him on an operating table, and pretending to exchange the detective's brain for a gorilla. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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FOLLOW HIM -- at Risk of Insanity! FIND HIM -- and You'll Never Return!

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17 April 1942 (USA)  »

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Dr. Rx  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Actress Anne Gwynne claimed because the script wasn't completed by the time production began, much of the dialogue is ad-libbed. See more »

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Det. Sgt. Sweeney: If I hadn't lost my badge, i'd turn it in.
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Good, Rare Fun
28 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Strange Case of Doctor RX, The (1942)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Here's another forgotten thriller/mystery from Universal. A mysterious man is killing off client's gotten off of serious crimes by a local attorney. There's really not too much here but director William Nigh keeps things moving pretty pace even though this thing contains the worst red-herring in film history. Patrick Knowles, Lionel Atwill, Anne Gwynne and Shemp Howard star.

This rare Universal film hasn't been released officially yet but there are 16mm copies floating around out there.


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