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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 »

Director:

Bernard Vorhaus

Writers:

Crane Wilbur (original story), Muriel Roy Bolton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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:

USA

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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film is also known as "The Spiritualist." Even the movie poster is the same, just the title is replaced. See more »

Goofs

At the end, when the villain is shooting at Alexis, Alexis states he is out of bullets. He says, however, he has 7 bullets, one in the chamber. He clearly has a revolver, and that does not have a chamber in the same way a pistol has. Although they exist, it is doubtful it is a 7-chambered revolver. 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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Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Screaming Skull (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Nocturne for Piano, Op. 9, no. 1, in B-flat minor
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Written by Frédéric Chopin
Heard in a flashback sequence about Paul's previous wife
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Photographic masterpiece
7 December 2003 | by edward-miller-1See all my reviews

I have to echo most of the comments that appear here. This is a stunningly photographed dream of a movie showcasing Alton's genius. I'm hoping the powers-that-be in the film and/or preservation industries read the commentaries on IMDB. The print of this that I taped from commercial television is ATROCIOUS! Another plus for me is that the star is Lynn Bari. What a dame! Someone once called her the Paulette Goddard of B movies. That crack does both of these lovely ladies an injustice. I hope that someday, someone (Criterion?) will restore and reissue this masterpiece on DVD.


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