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The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938)

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


Anatole Litvak


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





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


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


Crime | Drama


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Humphrey Bogart disparagingly referred to this movie as "The Amazing Doctor Clitoris". See more »


When Rocks is holding a gun to Dr. Clitterhouse, the phone rings and Dr. Clitterhouse picks it up. He then hangs up after Rocks tells him to put the phone down and let it ring. But the phone continues ringing in the same cadence as if it were never picked up. In reality, it should have made a phone pickup sound. Additionally, once a phone is picked up and then put down again, it kills the ringing. A person would have to dial again for it to ring again. See more »


'Rocks' Valentine: Rocks is a magnificent specimin of pure viciousness. He's really woth exploring.
Jo Keller: Watch yourself while you're doing it, or you'll end up with an undertaker exploring you.
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Featured in Bullets Over Hollywood (2005) See more »


Eine kleine Nachtmusik, 1st movement
(1787) (uncredited)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Played on the phonograph
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Robinson, Bogart, Trevor, written by Huston - can't beat it
19 January 2016 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse" from 1938 stars Edward G. Robinson in the title role, that of a prominent physician studying the psychology of the criminal mind. He becomes a jewel thief himself studies his responses for his book, Crime and Research.

He learns the name of a fence, Jo Keller, finds out he owns a hotel, and goes to meet what he thinks is a man. Instead, it's a woman (Claire Trevor) with whom he joins forces. One of her thieves, Rocks (Bogart), dislikes Dr. Clitterhouse because Jo is attracted to him and suddenly, he's not the big boss anymore.

After Clitterhouse's research, he leaves, without anyone knowing his identity. Will matters stay that way?

This is a real black comedy with terrific performances. Robinson's Clitterhouse is so sure of himself, and so clinical -- he doesn't see what he's doing as criminal, just important research. Bogart, about two years away from his breakthrough role, is marvelous as a jealous thief. Trevor is tough but beautiful and vulnerable.

Well directed by Anatole Litvak and co-written by John Huston, "The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse" can't miss and doesn't. Loved the ending.

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30 July 1938 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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