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The Crime Doctor's Warning (1945)

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The Crime Doctor must prove the innocence of an artist accused of murdering his model during one of his blackout spells.

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The Crime Doctor must prove the innocence of an artist accused of murdering his model during one of his blackout spells.

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A KILLER WITHOUT A PAST! (original ad - all caps)

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Another baffling case for the "crime doctor" series...
7 April 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Hardly likely to rank with an Agatha Christie type of mystery, these are fast paced, entertaining little items from Columbia starring WARNER BAXTER as the crime doctor/sleuth. He's always faced with a bunch of red herrings and a crime that baffles the police--as well as the viewer, at least until the last five minutes when everything is wrapped up with such rapidity that you barely have time to recover from trying to guess who done it.

And there are plenty of suspects in the murder of models (male and female) and an artist--but at the center of the story is a young man (COULTER IRWIN) who blacks out on a regular basis and seems to be framed for the murder of one of his models.

Supporting cast is dotted with well-known character actors from the '40s, including JOHN LITEL as a detective, ALMA KRUGER as Coulter's overbearing mother, JOHN ABBOTT as a shady sculptor, and MILES MANDER as an equally shady art dealer. There's also an outrageously hammy performance by EDUARDO CIANNELLI as a crazed artist who knows something about a painting beneath a painting.

The viewer is kept in the dark as to the identity of a man creeping about and committing the crimes until the last few minutes in time for the usual abrupt ending.

Summing up: Too many elements of the story are unbelievable, but it's still briskly produced and passes the time quickly.


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