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The Amazing Mr. X (1948)

Approved | | Film-Noir, Horror, Thriller | 29 July 1948 (USA)
On the beach one night, Christine Faber, two years a widow, thinks she hears her late husband Paul calling out of the surf...then meets a tall dark man, Alexis, who seems to know all about ... See full summary »

Director:

Bernard Vorhaus

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Crane Wilbur (original story), Muriel Roy Bolton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Turhan Bey ... Alexis
Lynn Bari ... Christine Faber
Cathy O'Donnell ... Janet Burke
Richard Carlson ... Martin Abbott
Donald Curtis ... Paul Faber
Virginia Gregg ... Emily
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On the beach one night, Christine Faber, two years a widow, thinks she hears her late husband Paul calling out of the surf...then meets a tall dark man, Alexis, who seems to know all about such things. After more ghostly manifestations, Christine and younger sister Janet become enmeshed in the eerie artifices of Alexis; but he in turn finds himself manipulated into deeper deviltry than he had in mind... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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In his eyes, the threat of terror! In his hands, the power to destroy!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Spiritualist See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Carole Landis was originally scheduled to play the part taken by Lynn Bari, but she committed suicide a few days before shooting began. See more »

Goofs

At the end, when the villain is shooting at Alexis, Alexis states he is out of bullets. He says, however, he has 7 bullets, one in the chamber. He clearly has a revolver, and that does not have a chamber in the same way a pistol has. Although they exist, it is doubtful it is a 7-chambered revolver. See more »

Quotes

Janet Burke: Alexis, do you think I'd make a good celestial companion?
Alexis: Darling, I think you'd be wonderful!
Janet Burke: And we'd love each other through all eternity?
Alexis: Oh, even longer!
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Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Screaming Skull (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Prelude for Piano, Op. 28 Nr. 4 in E minor
(uncredited)
by Frédéric Chopin
Used in orchestral music over opening credits
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The Silly Sisters
2 April 2019 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The millionaire widow Christine Faber (Lynn Bari) misses her husband Paul Faber (Donald Curtis), who died two years ago in a car explosion. Christine dates the lawyer Martin Abbott (Richard Carlson) that wants to propose to marry her. While walking on the beach going to Martin´s home, Christine overhears her deceased husband and stumbles upon the mysterious Alexis (Turhan Bey). He tells that he is a spiritualist and discloses things about Chris and Paul, fascinating Chris. She becomes obsessed to meet Alexis and her younger sister Janet Burke (Cathy O'Donnell), Martin and a private detective investigate Alexis. However Janet is easily manipulated by Alexis and becomes also obsessed for him. One day, Martin and the detective break in Alexis´s house during a seance and out of the blue, they see Paul. Is Alexis a con artist or a spiritualist indeed?

"The Amazing Mr. X" is a film with good moments but also with laughable scenes. The naïve Christine and Janet Faber are ridiculous characters but the plot point is interesting when Paul appears. In the present days, the plot is absolutely unbelievable but the film entertains. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Incrível Senhor X" ("The Amazing Mr. X")


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