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on 3 October 2012
i waited quite a few years for "the amazing dr. clitterhouse" to finally surface on dvd and it was worth the wait!
i regard edward g. robinson's performance as the title character to be one of his all-time best. in spite of the fact that he received rather mixed notices back in 1938 when the film was released, i consider him to be an ideal choice as the thoughtful, cool-headed, intelligent and well-bred dr. clitterhouse. in my opinion, a film like this proves that edward g. robinson was and is far more of a gifted actor than just playing gangsters(just like james cagney).
the storyline is essentially based on the successful broadway play. whilst the film retains its theatrical origins, it is still a cinematic-viewing experience. the plot is an interesting and fairly original one as robinson aims to experiment and to study the mind of the criminal, particularly when a criminal's activities are being carried out. the only problem is, the good dr.'s experiments don't go according to plan.....
leading the way amongst the supporting cast, are claire trevor as the leader of the gang, humphrey bogart as a cold-blooded and ruthless hood and donald crisp as a stressed and frustrated police officer. the above actors are the ones who give the best performances in "the amazing dr. clitterhouse."
as with a lot of these "warner bros." dvds, fans are treated to some interesting special features: there is a short adventure film, a musicial, two trailers including the one for this movie, a cartoon and some newsreel footage from the times.
a classic gangster/drama film that tries and succeeds in creating something a bit different from the norm.