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The Crime Doctor's Strangest Case (1943)

The Crime Doctor must prove the innocence of a young man with a reputation for using poison.

Director:

Eugene Forde (as Eugene J. Forde)

Writers:

Max Marcin (radio series characters), Eric Taylor (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Warner Baxter ... Dr. Robert Ordway
Lynn Merrick ... Ellen Trotter
Gloria Dickson ... Mrs. Keppler / Evelyn Fenton Cartwright
Barton MacLane ... Detective Rief
Jerome Cowan ... Mallory Cartwright
Reginald Denny ... Paul Ashley
Rose Hobart ... Mrs. Diana Burns
Virginia Brissac ... Patricia Cornwall
Lloyd Bridges ... Jimmy Trotter
Constance Worth ... Betty Watson
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The Crime Doctor must prove the innocence of a young man with a reputation for using poison.

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PRIMITIVE PASSIONS THAT LED TO Murder! (original ad - mostly caps)

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dilema de Médico See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In this movie, Gloria Dickson is married to a man, played by Jerome Cowan, who is habitually starting fires with carelessly discarded smoking materials. There are two scenes in the movie, including the final scene, in which he starts such fires. Her character comments, "I'm practically cremated." when describing living with him. Ironically, just two short years after this movie was released Gloria was killed in a house fire, suspected to have been caused by a carelessly discarded cigarette. See more »

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Followed by The Crime Doctor's Gamble (1947) See more »

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Good mystery, with Lloyd Bridges
24 March 2007 | by HallmarkMovieBuffSee all my reviews

This second entry in the "Crime Doctor" series is a steadfast crime drama with enough red herrings to keep it interesting. It even has a bit of comedic relief involving a musician and his matches.

One caution, however -- a fair amount of the critical action occurs at night, and there aren't enough shades of gray in the print (as shown on TCM) to distinguish all the details, especially in the scenes which take place in an abandoned night club.

One delightful revelation, and what may make this worth watching for aficionados of Hollywood history, is the appearance here of Lloyd Bridges, who plays a prime suspect. Those of us who grew up on the TV series, Sea Hunt, and unfamiliar with his earlier work (this was made about seven years into his career, and about fifteen before the TV series) may wonder why this tall and lean, blond and handsome, deep-voiced, quick-talking actor didn't become one of Hollywood's premiere leading men.


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