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The Amazing Mr. X (1948)

Unrated | | Film-Noir, Thriller | 29 July 1948 (USA)
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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Carole Landis was originally scheduled to play the part taken by Lynn Bari, but she committed suicide a few days before shooting began. 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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Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Screaming Skull (2010) See more »

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Prelude for Piano, Op. 28 Nr. 4 in E minor
by Frédéric Chopin
Used in orchestral music over opening credits
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Twisting and Turning in the Wind
3 August 2008 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

After two years of mourning, lovely Lynn Bari (as Christine "Chris" Faber) seems ready to re-marry. But, Ms. Bari is haunted by the memories of her dead husband (or her dead husband himself, you will have to decide). Bari lives in a Gothic seaside mansion with her younger sister Cathy O'Donnell (as Janet Burke), who encourages her to wed proposing Richard Carlson (as Martin Abbott). Then, off to date Mr. Carlson, Bari meets spooky spiritualist Turhan Bey (as Alexis), who talks to dead people... John Alton's gorgeous photography should knock you out of your séance chair. Director Bernard Vorhaus is nearly as seamless. Mr. Bey's performance patches up a few irritating production details. The bird is terrific. This film needed a little more effort, but it very often glows like a gem.

******* The Amazing Mr. X (1948) Bernard Vorhaus ~ Turhan Bey, Lynn Bari, Cathy O'Donnell


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