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 »
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Warner Baxter goes to Paris in Crime Doctor's Gamble ostensibly to give a lecture, but mostly for a little rest and relaxation. But Inspector Marcel Journet kind of sandbags him into a mystery where a young artist is accused of killing his father. Journet is not convinced Roger Dann did do it or it is a case of temporary in sanity as he and the accused were in a concentration camp together during the late war. Dr. Robert Ordway is intrigued right into a little free consultation.
Dann was a rich kid who left his good surroundings to be a painter and he fell for a girl who was from the wrong side of the tracks. He married a nightclub performer and dad was going to cut him off.
What makes this one work is the nice cast of continental actors falling into good typecasting and the fact the motive is miles from what the police originally thought. A couple of bodies later and Dr. Ordway finds the killer. In fact Baxter has a nice fight scene with the murderer, something the cerebral Dr. Ordway usually doesn't do.
They never leave the Columbia back lot, but Crime Doctor's Gamble is something you can take a chance on.
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