The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938)
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as Dr. Clitterhouse
as Jo Keller
as 'Rocks' Valentine
as Nurse Randolph
as Inspector Lane
as Prosecuting Attorney
as Lt. Johnson
as Mrs. Updike
as Mrs. Ganswoort
as Dr. Ames
as Nurse Donor
as Captain MacLevy
as Mrs. Jefferson
as Bit Part
as Jury Foreman
as Woman Juror
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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.
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...
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.
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