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The Amazing Mr. X (1948)

Approved | | Film-Noir, Horror, 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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Bernard Vorhaus

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Crane Wilbur (original story), Muriel Roy Bolton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Turhan Bey ... Alexis
Lynn Bari ... Christine Faber
Cathy O'Donnell ... Janet Burke
Richard Carlson ... Martin Abbott
Donald Curtis ... Paul Faber
Virginia Gregg ... Emily
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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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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Spiritualist See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

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
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Written by Frédéric Chopin
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He's such a Smooooth Operator
27 October 2004 | by sol1218See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Eerie and hunting movie photographed in a Film-Noir black and white dream-like style that would be hard to duplicate even now with all the special effects available to todays film-makers. The film's about the spirit world and about one of it's inhabitants attempt to contact someone on the "other side". Is this about rekindling a love long lost or is the whole story just an elaborate hoax. Concocted by an ex-con con man trying to bilk his unsuspecting victim out of her money?

On the eve of getting engaged to her boyfriend Martin Abbott, Richard Carlson, Christine Faber, Lynn Bari, begins to hear and get feelings that her long dead husband Paul is trying to contact her. Is Paul is trying have Christine break off her engagement with Martin?

Going out on the beach one evening Christine runs into this stranger Alexis, Turhan Bey,and his pet raven who seemed to pop out of nowhere. Telling Christine facts about her and Paul that only she knows and then like a puff of smoke he disappears into the evening mist with only his raven still there. All that Christine has of this mysterious stranger to prove that he was real and not a dream or hallucination was his business card: Alexis Spiritualist at Large.

Christine was so taken by this man of mysteries that she went to his pad and got a reading that confirmed a lot of things about her and Paul that he, Alexis, had no why of knowing. Christine's younger sister Janet, Cathy O'Donnell,and fiancée Martin get in touch with a private detective who specializes in these types of frauds and was once a magician himself Det. Hoffman, Harry B. Mandoza,to check this chap out. It turned out that Alexis served a stretch in the pen for swindling an old lady out of a load of cash in Chicago, he was then known as The Great Mister Marue.

Janet later goes to Alexis to get a reading from him as well as get his fingerprints on a cigarette case to prove that he's the ex-con Mr. Marue. Janet becomes so impressed by Alexis' supernatural powers and his charm that she instead of trying to get him arrested for fraud falls head over heels in love with him. Is this Alexis just a smooth con man trying to get all he can out of Christine's bank account and flee the coup like he did back in Chicago only to get nabbed by the police or is he, is he, the Real McCoy?

Captivating little movie that in the last twenty minutes or so turns from a more or less harmless fantasy about life after death into a dangerous murder/drama with death a very real possibility for everyone involved. A fine cast headed by the suave and mysterious Turhan Bey as Alexis The Magnificent who can charm the dress or panties off any woman or girl in the movie either alive or dead.


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