The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938)





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Movie Info

In this film, Dr. Clitterhouse is a brilliant psychiatrist doing research into the criminal mind. The good doctor wants to gain a clearer understanding of how a thief feels when he's in the midst of a robbery, so he tries to crack a safe at a high society party.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Huston, John Wexley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 21, 2008
Warner Home Video


as Dr. Clitterhouse

as Jo Keller

as 'Rocks' Valentine

as Nurse Randolph

as Inspector Lane

as Prosecuting Attorney

as Rabbit

as Lt. Johnson

as Watchman

as Announcer

as Sergeant

as Mrs. Updike

as Policeman

as Policeman

as Mrs. Ganswoort

as Pedestrian

as Dr. Ames

as Nurse Donor

as Captain MacLevy

as Mrs. Jefferson

as Patrolman

as Jury Foreman

as Bit Part

as Woman Juror

as Detective

as Connors
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Critic Reviews for The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse

All Critics (1)

Far-fetched but entertaining comedy/gangster melodrama.

Full Review… | January 7, 2010
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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.

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.


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

Super Reviewer

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