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The Crime Doctor's Gamble (1947)

Passed  -  Action | Adventure | Crime  -  27 November 1947 (USA)
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On a lecture/vacation visit to Paris, Dr. Ordway drops in on his friend, the Prefecture of Police. He becomes involved in a case involving the stabbing of an old man. The man's son, not all... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Micheline Cheirel ...
Mignon Duval Jardin
Roger Dann ...
Henri Jardin
Steven Geray ...
Jules Daudet
Marcel Journet ...
Inspector Jacques Morrell
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Maurice Duval
Maurice Marsac ...
Anton Geroux
Henri Letondal ...
Louis Chabonet
Jean Del Val ...
Theodore - Butler
Leonardo Scavino ...
Brevoir - Auctioneer (as Leon Lenoir)
Wheaton Chambers ...
Emory Parnell ...
George Davis ...
Paul Romaine


On a lecture/vacation visit to Paris, Dr. Ordway drops in on his friend, the Prefecture of Police. He becomes involved in a case involving the stabbing of an old man. The man's son, not all that mentally stable, believes he killed his own father in a rage because his father disliked his new bride, the daughter of a cabaret knife-thrower. Investigating the case, Ordway finds that the business of the legal copying art masterworks may also be involved. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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A SPREE in GAY PAREE ends up in MURDER! (original poster)


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27 November 1947 (USA)  »

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At the auction, the painting's top horizontal panel was detached on the left side (on the back) to reveal the date of the canvas. The next scene shows the right side of the panel detached. See more »


Follows Just Before Dawn (1946) See more »

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When a knife thrower kills he does not stab – he throws the knife . . . like this!
5 May 2007 | by (Corrales, NM) – See all my reviews

While visiting an old friend in Paris, the Prefect of Police, the Crime Doctor gets involved with the complex stabbing murder of an old man supposedly by his son. The suspect is described as a worthless idler who suffers from some war-induced psychological problems. But is he capable of murder? The beautiful Micheline Cheirel (in her last film role) plays the love interest – married and loyal to the suspect but also the daughter of a knife-thrower who is an old friend of the murdered man.

The Crime Doctor always seems to know who is lying and telling the truth in the absence of any evidence to support his theories. The defendant's lawyer does not practice criminal law and the defendant does not appear to care whether he lives or dies. Is the only defense insanity? If he gets off the murder charge due to insanity, who inherits? What about a fourteen year-old contract between the murdered man and the knife-thrower? How many more murders? Intrigue in the art world leads the Crime Doctor to the solution.

Interesting dance apache sequences. Directed by future horror-meister William Castle. Fair.

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