The Amazing Mr. X

1948

Film-Noir / Horror / Thriller

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 37%
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 1709

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Synopsis


Uploaded By: FREEMAN
February 03, 2022 at 05:25 PM

Cast

Turhan Bey as Alexis
Norma Varden as Wealthy-Looking Woman
Virginia Gregg as Emily
Cathy O'Donnell as Janet Burke
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716.12 MB
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English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 17 min
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1.3 GB
1472*1072
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 17 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer 8 / 10

What a terrific surprise!

This was one of 50 movies that came in a DVD package entitled "Horror Classics". Despite the title, almost all the films are horrible public domain films that don't deserve to be remembered. Even the worst films in this set are so dull that they aren't even fun to watch schlock like PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE--they are just bad and almost unwatchable. However, someone accidentally included this film because it did NOT totally suck! In fact, considering the low budget and modest pretensions, this film is a real winner--with a dynamite script and excellent acting and direction! Now it also should be pointed out that this is less a horror film and more a mystery ghost story. A widow is considering remarriage but she can't seem to let go of the memory of her late husband. To make things worse, once she does agree to marry again, she starts hearing and even seeing the man and it's apparent that she's either crazy or someone is trying to con her. Suspicion naturally falls on a phony psychic played by Turhan Bay, but the mystery is too smartly written to just be solved that easily and Bay's character turns out to be amazingly complex. Instead, lots of other very interesting story elements converge to create many, many surprises and lead to a very exciting and satisfying ending. This film almost merits a 9--it's that good. For fans of B-movies, mysteries or suspense, it's a must-see.

FYI--Late in the film, one of the bad guys pulls out a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol. But, it later becomes a snub-nosed .38 (and not even a semi-automatic at that). Even someone who doesn't know guns at all will spot the difference if they pay attention. This is a funny little mistake but it doesn't mar the film in any significant way.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 5 / 10

Subdued spookiness gives way to a thrilling climax

THE SPIRITUALIST is a typical mystery thriller of the 1940s that seems indebted to the likes of Hitchcock's REBECCA. The opening sequence, in which a bereaved woman is standing on a beach at night and listening to her dead husband's voice calling her, is effectively spooky and ties in well with the whole Gothic sub-genre of the era that invariably involved rambling old houses, kooky partners, and mysterious events of the past.

As it transpires, this film is even slower paced than most, and the first half only offers repetitions of the above event, mixed up with a little back story and some romance that threatens to drag the pace down to a plodding level. American viewers watching this under the title of THE AMAZING MR. X will invariably be disappointed by the movie's lack of incident and general sluggishness.

Those with the willpower to persevere will find that the second half picks up somewhat substantially, with decent crime and thriller aspects added to the story and a strong, suspenseful climax. While Lynn Bari and Cathy O'Donnell come across as wet blankets, Turhan Bey does well in a complex part while Donald Curtis steals his scenes. Some surprisingly effective special effects round off the story nicely.

Reviewed by Hitchcoc 7 / 10

A lot more than I expected

This isn't a bad film. It's about a con artist/medium who sets up women who have been widowed or are lonely and works phony séances with them. The heroine, finds herself caught in her longing for her husband, who supposedly was burned to death in a car fire. Turhan Bey as Alexis does research and picks her as one of his targets. In the process, he also manipulates the younger sister. In the meantime, a certain someone turns up, not toasted but in perfect health. The movie revolves around efforts to shut the "widow" up one way or another and continue the ruse. Bey does a nice job. There are some exciting scenes that play out well, especially a fall from a cliff that nearly proves fatal. The one hard thing is that the women portrayed are so stupid. If this is going to work, a little more proof would be in order. The younger sister falls within one minute of meeting this guy, even though she is planning on tripping him up and gathering evidence. This is certainly a forties view of the female of the time. Since I have been recently watching a large number of movies from the thirties and forties, I haven't seen so much fainting in my life. This is an insult, and probably medically ridiculous. I would hope that when faced with a monster or a life threat, the modern woman could do more than pass out.

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