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The Amazing Mr. X (1948)

Unrated  |   |  Film-Noir, Horror, Thriller  |  29 July 1948 (USA)
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On the beach one night, Christine Faber, two years a widow, thinks she hears her late husband Paul calling out of the surf...then meets a tall dark man, Alexis, who seems to know all about ... See full summary »

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On the beach one night, Christine Faber, two years a widow, thinks she hears her late husband Paul calling out of the surf...then meets a tall dark man, Alexis, who seems to know all about such things. After more ghostly manifestations, Christine and younger sister Janet become enmeshed in the eerie artifices of Alexis; but he in turn finds himself manipulated into deeper deviltry than he had in mind... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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In his eyes, the threat of terror! In his hands, the power to destroy!


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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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When Martin and the detective break up the séance, Martin explains to Christine that he has investigated her previous husband's (Paul) past. Instead of referring to the previous husband as "Paul", he refers to him as "Martin" (his own character's name). See more »

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Janet Burke: Alexis, do you think I'd make a good celestial companion?
Alexis: Darling, I think you'd be wonderful!
Janet Burke: And we'd love each other through all eternity?
Alexis: Oh, even longer!
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Nocturne for Piano, Op. 9, no. 1, in B-flat minor
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Heard in a flashback sequence about Paul's previous wife
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Can Black and White be any Juicier?
23 May 2006 | by (OKC) – See all my reviews

Purchased as part of a cheapo set of 50 sci-fi/horror flicks, this was a nifty surprise! The story is an enjoyable melodrama, and the acting is better than I had expected, but its lush photography is the star of this picture.

Every scene, every shot is exquisitely filmed with a judicious eye for beauty and drama. I can't recall seeing black and white filmed with such succulence. I found myself urged to take a bite out of the film. The cinematographer, John Alton, plays with light and shadow in a way that reminds me of Alex Toth or Gene Day ( graphic artists ). Frank Durlauf's art direction is quite lovely, as well. I'm not certain as to who should get the the credit for the lighting, but both of them surely had a hand. Alton won an Academy Award in cinematography, for his first color film "An American in Paris", but if there are any more monochromes like this one, I shall root them out! I'm hungry!


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