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The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse1938

The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938)





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In this comedy drama Dr. Clitterhouse is a famed author and criminologist with a keen interest in the physiological responses experienced by crooks when they commit their crimes. To figure it out, he decides to try committing a few jewel thefts. He then gets in touch with a notorious fence so he can dispose of the loot. The lovely fence in turn introduces Clitterhouse to Rocks Valentine, the criminal mastermind behind a gang of master crooks. The good doctor ends up masterminding several major heists for the gang and this causes the real gang leader to become jealous and lock the hapless doctor in a cold-storage vault during a fur heist. Fortunately, the leader's second in command rescues Clitterhouse who decides to go straight and return to his practice. Unfortunately, the vengeful crime boss blackmails him into continuing his crime spree. Clitterhouse pretends to go along with it and pours a drink for the gangster. It contains poison and as the crook dies, the doctor and his nurse record every last spasm. He then turns himself in and pleads guilty by reason of insanity in court. Later he claims the he was sane and did it all in the name of science. The jury judges him nuts and he goes free.

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Edward G. Robinson
as Dr. Clitterhouse
Claire Trevor
as Jo Keller
Humphrey Bogart
as 'Rocks' Valentine
Gale Page
as Nurse Randolph
Donald Crisp
as Inspector Lane
John Litel
as Prosecuting Attorney
Curt Bois
as Rabbit
Robert E. Homans
as Lt. Johnson
William Haade
as Watchman
Ronald Reagan
as Announcer
Edward Gargan
as Sergeant
Ray Dawe
as Policeman
Georgia Caine
as Mrs. Updike
Bob Reeves
as Policeman
Winifred Harris
as Mrs. Ganswoort
Eric Stanley
as Dr. Ames
Hal K. Dawson
as Pedestrian
Loia Cheaney
as Nurse Donor
Wade Boteler
as Captain MacLevy
Libby Taylor
as Mrs. Jefferson
Edgar Dearing
as Patrolman
Susan Hayward
as Bit Part
Irving Bacon
as Jury Foreman
Vera Lewis
as Woman Juror
Jack Mower
as Detective
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Critic Reviews for The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse

All Critics (3)

The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse is a refreshing shift from the consciously witty, would-be sophisticated crime films that have circulated since the advent of The Thin Man.

October 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Mr. Robinson, with his volatility and energy, makes Dr. Clitterhouse a credible if unusual investigator. Supporting cast, including Humphrey Bogart and Claire Trevor, excellent.

July 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Far-fetched but entertaining comedy/gangster melodrama.

January 7, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse

It's interesting to see this described as a comedy. I wonder if the Humphrey Bogart character would see it that way. Although this might qualify as gangster-movie lite, if I were to put it into a comedy category, it would be comedy of the absurd. The ending alone would qualify this as absurd, when Robinson sits there in his seat, a free man, his only comment on the judicial process is that it is, "Amazing . . . amazing." And it is amazing that he, a murderer who pleads his own sanity, is found innocent by reason of insanity. That is absurd in the truest sense.

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Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

A fun pseudo-gangster movie about a doctor who submerges himself fully into the gangster world in order to write a book about criminal psychology. Edward G. Robinson is his usual enjoyable self as the doctor and Humphrey Bogart as his sort of nemesis in his standard Murderers Row fare. The cast foots the bill well enough but the story seems to make a weird turn every half hour. It goes from a heist picture to a fun gangster comedy, then to a half-assed courtroom drama. Its decent enough but beyond a little fun, all you're probably going to get out of The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse are a few giggles out of the title. ...Clitterhouse...

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

I highly recommend this movie, it is a crime drama with a bit of humor and suspense. A doctor becomes a criminal when studying criminals. Great cast too.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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