The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, starring Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, Claire Trevor, Allen Jenkins
Editorial review of The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, courtesy of Amazon.com
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Robinson’s principal foils stick closer to their studio strong suits. Humphrey Bogart is “Rocks” Valentine, a sturdy if familiar variation on the hoods and have-nots that were his early stock in trade at the studio. Bogart’s fence and former paramour is Jo Keller, played by Claire Trevor as glamorous, streetwise, and otherwise decent, apart from her knack for larceny. When the doctor asks her to fence his glittering contraband, she’s intrigued, and Clitterhouse, known to the hoods only as “the Professor,” becomes their strategist. Jo is clearly falling for him, while “Rocks” is visibly jealous of the fastidious stranger’s rising influence and romantic rivalry.
In keeping with its ultimately goofy premise, the story navigates some eccentric plot turns with an aplomb that can be credited to the solid cast (including other studio stalwarts such as Allen Jenkins, Ward Bond, and Donald Crisp) and the three principals, who would work off each other to much more riveting effect a decade later in Key Largo. –Sam Sutherland