The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938)

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Title: The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse [IMDb]

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Release date: July 30, 1938
Studio: Warner Brothers
Runtime: 87 minutes
IMDB genres: crime, drama
BYU holdings: https://search.lib.byu.edu/byu/record/lee.6763958

Synopsis [hide]

A brilliant Park Avenue doctor becomes a criminal in order to do research into the criminal mind.

Plot keywords (from IMDb): acetylene torch, aria, attempted murder, black comedy, blackmail, blood pressure, blood test, bracelet, brooch, burglar alarm, burglary, case study, conscience, contralto, court, crap game, criminal gang, criminal mind, criminologist, criminology, dead body in water, detective, dice, dice game, doctor, doctor's bag, drowning, drug prescription, drugged drink, fainting man, fingerprint, fur, fur coat, gang of thugs, gangster, insanity defense, insanity plea, irony, jewelry, jewelry thief, judge, juror, jury deliberation, jury foreman, jury room, lawyer, logic, medical examination, monomaniac, morgue, murder, murder trial, necklace, new york city, nurse, obsession, paranoia, park avenue, poisoned drink, police, police detective, police inspector, pretzel, psychiatrist, psychology, rehearsal studio, research, robbery, runyonesque characters, safecracker, salon, schizophrenia, science, scientific research, scientific theory, secret door, secret room, sedative, sleeping pill, society, society doctor, sociopath, soprano, stolen jewelry, stolen property, surgery, syringe, telephone number, trial, verdict, warehouse, x ray, criminal

Cast and Crew

Edward G. RobinsonDr. Clitterhouse
Claire TrevorJo Keller
Humphrey BogartRocks Valentine
Allen JenkinsOkay
Donald CrispInspector Lane
Gale PageNurse Randolph
Maxie RosenbloomButch

Anatole Litvak: director

Max Steiner: composer

Leo F. Forbstein: musical director

Hugo Friedhofer: orchestrator

George Parrish: orchestrator

Film Statistics

Film duration: 1:27:07
Music duration: 00:27:46
Pages in score: 78
Total themes: 28
Themes with variants: 13
Total variants: 26
Total gestures: 14
Total underscoring sections: 7
Total underscoring duration: 00:02:22
Total instances: 74


Name Uses Variants
The Amazing Doctor 14 7
The Motor 12 3
Rocks 6 3
Cauldron 1 4 1
The Torch 4 1
Jo 3 2
Night Watchman 3 2
How Dry I Am 2 1
Cauldron 2 1 0
Clitterhouse Onestep 1 0
Doctor Leaves 1 0
Flashlight 1 0
Locked in vault 1 0
Poison 1 0
Signature 1 0
The Fur Store 1 0
The Poison Victim 1 0

Other films borrowed from:

Tovarich (1937)


Name Uses
The Amazing Doctor + The Motor 4
The Torch + The Motor 2
Lighting the Torch + The Motor 1
Rocks + The Motor 1
The Amazing Doctor + Rocks 1
The Printing Press + Cauldron 1 1
The Printing Press + Cauldron 1 + The Amazing Doctor 1

Source Music

Name Uses
Eine kleine Nachtmusik 2
The Printing Press 2
I Wanna Go Back to Bali 1
Lighting the Torch 1
The Last Rose of Summer 1
Una Voce Poco Fa 1


Arms crossing
Butch goes downstairs
Butch runs
Butch runs back
Camera panning
People running
Rocks goes downstairs
Rocks struggles and falls
Shadow punch
Spiraling down
Tossing bags
Turning on light