The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse

The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse

DVD - 2008
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Dr. Clitterhouse wants to find out what makes a criminal tick. Eager to study the physical and mental states of lawbreakers, he joins a gang of jewel thieves. Rocks Valentine is an ice-blooded tough guy the doc calls "a magnificient speciment of pure viciousness," is part of the gang. Jo Keller is a savvy crime queen the doc hooks up with.

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Bang_On
Jun 02, 2013

I found "The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse" to be far from amazing, both as a movie and as a character in this movie._____ Pudgy-faced, pipsqueak actor, Edward G. Robinson (clearly miscast) plays the title character, a rather over-presumptuous, Park Avenue doctor who decides to go slumming with a gang of no-account criminals, assisting them with committing crimes of theft, in order to complete his ridiculous research on understanding the criminal mind._____ This totally unfunny, 1938 Crime/Comedy stretched plausibility so thin that it finally snapped under the flimsiness of its own stupidity long before the closing credits began to roll._____ The haughty, clothes-horse Claire Trevor was her usual despicable self in this film, playing a typically venomous and utterly useless "Crime Queen" with a heart of gold. (This woman really makes my skin crawl)

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Monolith
Apr 01, 2013

I really enjoyed this one regardless of its preposterous premise, with Edward G. sincerely believing that his criminal activity was done for the good of "research". What the hell was he smoking? What a crock! I mean, audiences (or people in general) weren't that naïve in the '30s, were they? And who came up with that title? Doctor WHAAAT? It reminds me of the "Junior Mint" Seinfeld episode where Jerry was given the clue to his current ladyfriend's forgotten first name as rhyming with a part of the female anatomy (George's guess being "Mulva"). Give up? It rhymes with......Dolores!!! (lol)

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Janice21383
Jul 25, 2011

An inspiration for The Ladykillers, in a way. ADC is two-thirds tough comedy, and one-third mad scientist movie. Somehow it was not made by Hecht and Hawks, but by Huston and Litvak, a pair not noted for their comedy moves. Robinson, despite being a generous three out of 10 in the looks department, makes a smooth hero/nut.

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Monolith
Oct 20, 2013

Okay: "Hey, where did you learn about all these things?" Dr. T.S. Clitterhouse: "In school. In a university." Okay: "Oh, a university." Dr. T.S. Clitterhouse: "Yes." Okay: "I got a brother in a university." Dr. T.S. Clitterhouse: "Well, indeed! Well, I must add that to your case history. Which university?" Okay: "Lemme see, what's the name of the joint... Harvard." Dr. T.S. Clitterhouse: "Harvard! Really! What does your brother do there?" Okay: "He's presoyved in alcohol. He's got two heads."

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