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Crime Doctor's Man Hunt (1946)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 24 October 1946 (USA)
The Crime Doctor comes up against a criminal with a dual personality.

Director:

William Castle

Writers:

Leigh Brackett (screenplay), Eric Taylor (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Warner Baxter ... Dr. Robert Ordway
Ellen Drew ... Irene Cotter
William Frawley ... Inspector Harry B. Manning
Frank Sully ... Rigger
Claire Carleton ... Ruby Farrell
Bernard Nedell ... Waldo (as Bernerd Nedell)
Jack Lee Jack Lee ... Sgt. Bradley
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Gerald Cotter
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Storyline

In the 6th entry of Columbia's "Crime Doctor" series, Dr. Robert Ordway (Warner Baxter) is consulted by an ex-serviceman who tells him he suffers from temporary loss of memory spells and during these periods finds himself in an unfamiliar part of the city. Ordway visits the area late one night and finds his patient murdered. He meet the man's fiancée, Irene Cotter (Ellen Drew), who has a problem of her own. She has a sister Natalie ('Ellen Drew')) who has completely dominated her life but she hasn't seen her for three years. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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HUNTING A Killer THRU THE JUNGLES OF A WOMAN'S MIND! (original ad - mostly caps)

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Crime Doctor's Honor See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Police Inspector Harry B. Manning: Say, Doctor, I'd like you to see my wife.
Dr. Robert Ordway: Split personality?
Police Inspector Harry B. Manning: No personality.
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Followed by The Crime Doctor's Diary (1949) See more »

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This one's a twister by a perpetrator, that's twisted
31 May 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

With the title of Crime Doctor in the series and Warner Baxter playing a psychiatrist in the role, the mental health issues of the criminal are what Baxter delves into in order to solve a given case. He's pretty respected by law enforcement and the police as personified here by William Frawley have no problem in asking for his assistance. I've always been surprised that the Crime Doctor was never taken up as a television series. The closest we've seen is recently is Jeff Goldblum on Criminal Intent who has and used that background to solve his cases when the show was still running.

Dr. Ordway after meeting a young veteran with amnesia issues tries to keep an appointment and finds him shot to death with a pair of toughs trying to dispose of the body. Baxter does a beautiful drunk act to keep from ending up the same way. Later on Baxter meets Ellen Drew who was the fiancé of the deceased John Foster. She's a girl with a lot of issues herself and gives a dandy performance in this film.

This was a good series for Warner Baxter and the episodes were always competently made although some were better than others. This one's a good prototype.


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