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The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 30 July 1938 (USA)
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Black comedy about a brilliant Park Avenue doctor who becomes a criminal in order to do research into the criminal mind.

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Anatole Litvak

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John Wexley (screen play), John Huston (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward G. Robinson ... Dr. Clitterhouse
Claire Trevor ... Jo Keller
Humphrey Bogart ... 'Rocks' Valentine
Allen Jenkins ... Okay
Donald Crisp ... Inspector Lane
Gale Page ... Nurse Randolph
Henry O'Neill ... Judge
John Litel ... Prosecuting Attorney
Thurston Hall ... Grant
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Butch
Bert Hanlon Bert Hanlon ... Pat
Curt Bois ... Rabbit
Ward Bond ... Tug
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Popus
Billy Wayne Billy Wayne ... Candy
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Storyline

Dr. Clitterhouse is fascinated with the working of the criminal mind. His interest is so deep that he finds the best way to observe criminals in action is to become one himself. Whilst robbing a safe at an exclusive party he stumbles across an organized gang trying to do the same thing. He teams up with the gang to observe them in action but one of the members, Rocks Valentine would like nothing better than to see Clitterhouse out of the way. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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. . . a thunderbolt of thrills and intrigue

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Amazing Doctor Clitterhouse See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Nearly all of the characters' names are changed from the original play on which the film is based. See more »

Goofs

At about 80 minutes into the film, the prosecutor cross examines the incomprehensible expert witness. In the first shot, the prosecutor unbuttons his jacket. In the next shot, he unbuttons it again. See more »

Quotes

'Rocks' Valentine: A new power behind the throne - that's me!
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Version of The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Eine kleine Nachtmusik, 1st movement
(1787) (uncredited)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Played on the phonograph
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A Man of Science
15 April 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse that Warner Brothers presented in 1938 is an adaption of a British play which had been done in London a few years back with Sir Cedric Hardwicke in the title role that Edward G. Robinson does here. Of course the difference in personal styles and country cultures made it a different Clitterhouse than originally presented.

But both are medical doctors doing research into the pathology of the criminal mind. How better to do it than to become a criminal oneself in the interest of science. He does some burglaries on his own and then with the unsuspecting help of police inspector Donald Crisp finds a fence in the person of Claire Trevor and the gang she does business with.

He works his way into the mob earning everyone's trust even though they find the "professor" a little eccentric. All that is except Humphrey Bogart who resents his presence.

It's an interesting idea for a story and the film does have some good plot twists that I'm sure the audience won't figure out if they haven't seen it. The key to remember as Robinson remembers that at all times he's a man of science.


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