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Crime Doctor (1943)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  22 June 1943 (USA)
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Amnesia victim, Robert Ordway, becomes the country's leading criminal psychologist. When he is hit on the head (by someone from his past) he suddenly remembers his previous life as a ... See full summary »

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Dr. Robert J. Ordway / Phillip Morgan
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Grace Fielding
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Emilio Caspari, the mystery man
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Dr. John Carey
Harold Huber ...
Joe Dylan
Don Costello ...
Nick Ferris / Jim Warren
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William Wheeler
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Amnesia victim, Robert Ordway, becomes the country's leading criminal psychologist. When he is hit on the head (by someone from his past) he suddenly remembers his previous life as a criminal. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Radio's Top Crime Thriller AT LAST on the Screen! See more »

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22 June 1943 (USA)  »

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Ray Collins, who plays Dr. Carey in this film, is one of several actors who played the title character in the "Crime Doctor" radio series. See more »

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Very good mystery
6 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I hope that TCM broadcasts more of the "Crime Doctor" series, based on the radio show. Starring Warner Baxter, 1943's "Crime Doctor" is one of the first films Michael Gordon (Pillow Talk) directed, and it's a good, solid B movie.

Baxter plays a criminal named Phil Morgan who gets amnesia after being left for dead on the side of a road. He rehabilitates himself and, still not knowing who he is, becomes a noted psychiatrist named Robert Ordway who works with prisoners as well as other patients. However, Phil Morgan stole and hid $200,000 and his fellow gang members want the money. As word gets around that Dr. Ordway is Phil Morgan, the question is - does he really not remember, or does he know who he is and where he put the money? Baxter was 54 years old when this film was made. Fifty-four in 1943 isn't what it is today, so when the character announces that "thirty years of his life" have been wiped out, one wonders which thirty years he's talking about. The film covers a span of ten years, but it's just as hard to buy he's forty. It's a minor point - Baxter gives a sincere performance with an undertone of real gentleness.

The supporting cast includes the lovely Margaret Lindsay, John Litel (who play Nancy Drew's father in the series), Perry Mason's Ray Collins, and Leon Ames.

I hope TCM shows more of the "Crime Doctor" series.


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