The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938)

Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938) The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938)
Running Time: 87 Minutes
Dir. Anatole Litvak
Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, Claire Trevor
Genre: Crime, Drama
Screening Time: Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
Storyline
An entertaining and amusing story of a psychiatrist (Robinson) who becomes a crook by joining Bogart’s gang in order to study the criminal mind.

4 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    January 10, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Take a successful broadway play, add Edward G Robinson, Humphery Bogart, Claire Trevor and the Warner Brothers stock company to the mix and you can’t go wrong. And this one doesn’t go wrong.

    Robinson plays Dr Clitterhouse, an extremely successful doctor catering only to High Society patients.

    In reality Clitterhouse only wants to do a study on criminals with the hope of developing a cure for crime by finding out what makes these men tick.

    To do this he joins a gang led by Trevor as the brains and Bogie as the Brawn.

    Clitterhouse participates in their ventures and while on the job measures things like blood pressure, heartbeat and other vital signs, but what he doesn’t count on is his near addiction to crime.

    Robinson makes a great Clitterhouse(Cedric Hardwicke played him on Broadway)Bogart in his gangster milieu, plays Rocks Valentine like it is second nature to him. The Stock company in this one consists of Ward Bond, Vladimir Sokoloff, Maxie Rosenbloom, Donald Crisp, Gale Page and John Litel.

    Dr Clitterhouse is a fun film, but don’t ask him to make a house call

  2. Anonymous

    January 10, 2017 at 9:20 am

    What a fun movie!

    Edward G. Robinson plays a respected doctor who decides that the only way to truly understand criminal behavior for an academic study he is writing is to become a criminal himself. He joins a thieving ring run by Jo Keller (Claire Trevor, looking hotsy-totsy) and proceeds to both help the thieves with their crimes while at the same time studying them for the biological and psychological effects of their actions. Trouble arises when Jo's right-hand man, played by Humphrey Bogart, begins to feel like a third wheel, and blackmails Robinson when he discovers his true identity.

    This film is a real treat. It's funny, creepy and suspenseful, all at the same time. Robinson begins to enjoy being a criminal, and his detached approach to crime makes him capable of committing murder without a second thought. Is he sane or insane? That's the question a jury must answer at the film's climax, and one the viewer still won't be able to answer after the movie's over.

    Robinson, Trevor and Bogart have enough chemistry together to start a fire, and the three of them would team up again 10 years later for another terrific film, John Huston's "Key Largo." Anatole Litvak provides the fluid direction.

    Grade: A-

  3. IMDBReviewer

    January 10, 2017 at 9:20 am

    The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse that Warner Brothers presented in 1938 is an adaption of a British play which had been done in London a few years back with Sir Cedric Hardwicke in the title role that Edward G. Robinson does here. Of course the difference in personal styles and country cultures made it a different Clitterhouse than originally presented.

    But both are medical doctors doing research into the pathology of the criminal mind. How better to do it than to become a criminal oneself in the interest of science. He does some burglaries on his own and then with the unsuspecting help of police inspector Donald Crisp finds a fence in the person of Claire Trevor and the gang she does business with.

    He works his way into the mob earning everyone's trust even though they find the "professor" a little eccentric. All that is except Humphrey Bogart who resents his presence.

    It's an interesting idea for a story and the film does have some good plot twists that I'm sure the audience won't figure out if they haven't seen it. The key to remember as Robinson remembers that at all times he's a man of science.

  4. IMDBReviewer

    January 10, 2017 at 9:20 am

    I loved it! The story isn’t great but Eddie G. is slick as he runs circles around his less intelligent counterparts. He has some clever lines and proves once again how a great actor can carry a film. Eddie plays Dr. T. S. Clitterhouse, a successful doctor who is intrigued by the criminal mind. As he gets involved in pulling off some robberies for his "research", he finds himself feeling a "heady intoxication like champagne". He tries to get out of the criminal life but his antagonist, Bogie of course, won’t let him. As in many films, it’s now Bogart vs Robinson. Who wins? Nice try, just watch and enjoy the movie and you’ll see. This was before Bogie was a headliner and it’s fun to see how he was developing his on screen persona. If you’re a Bogie and Eddie G. fan, you’ll like this one. It’s definitely worth a look.

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