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The Crime Doctor's Courage

1945, regia di George Sherman


Scheda: Nazione: USA - Produzione: Larry Darmour Productions - Distribuzione: Columbia Pictures, Teakwood Video - Soggetto: Max Marcin, Eric Taylor - Sceneggiatura: Eric Taylor - Fotografia: L. William O'Connell - Montaggio: Dwight Caldwell - Art Director: John Datu - Arredamento: Sidney Clifford - Musiche: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco - Formato: B.N. - Durata: 70'.

Cast: Warner Baxter, Hillary Brooke, Jerome Cowan, Mark Roberts, Lloyd Corrigan, Emory Parnell, Stephen Crane, Charles Arnt, Anthony Caruso, Lupita Tovar, Ken Carpenter, Jack Carrington, Edgar Dearing, Sam Harris, 'King Kong' Kashey, John Maxwell, Dennis Moore, William H. O'Brien.


Trama e commenti: «Nel 1943 la Columbia comincià una serie di dieci pellicole ispirate ad una serie radiofonica di gran successo, “Crime Doctor”. Baxter vi interpreta il ruolo del Dr. Ordaway, un insigne psicologo esperto di criminologia ma affetto da amnesia, che col tempo scopre di esser stato a sua volta uno spietato gangster. In questo episodio le sue indagini si concentrano su un potenziale serial killer controllato telepaticamente da una coppia di ballerini spagnoli (Anthony Caruso e Lupita Tovar) che “potrebbero” essere due vampiri di ben 300 anni... Ma ecco, al termine della pellicola, giungere una rassicurante spiegazione scientifica».

Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - - - - - «Dr. Ordway is called in by an acquaintance who thinks she may have married a madman. When he is found murdered in his study with a locked door and no other exit, the doctor takes it upon himself to solve the mystery. As a general rule, one way to differentiate between horror and mystery is that in the former, the fantastic elements are real, and that in the latter, the fantastic elements are faked. There are exceptions, but you run the risk of annoying your audience if you break these rules. This is the second of the Crime Doctor series I've seen, and it is quite enjoyable, as was the first one. The fantastic content is quite marked; two of the suspects are dancers who do an act where one of them disappears, they are never seen during the day, and they have coffins to sleep in. Now, given that this movie is technically a mystery rather than a horror movie, I would probably be disappointed if they did indeed turn out to be vampires, as I would be hoping for a more logical solution. The most farfetched thing about this movie is the relative ease with which several people embrace the whole vampire story. It's a fun movie, with Warner Baxter enjoying himself in the title role and Emory Parnell effective as a police captain. I was able to figure out who the murderer was long before the ending, but that didn't ruin it for me» (Dave Sindelar).

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