The Mad Doctor

1940

Crime / Romance / Thriller

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IMDb Rating 6.7 10 110

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Cast

William 'Billy' Benedict as Mickey Barnes - Copy Boy
John Howard as Gil Sawyer
Norma Varden as Charity Bazaar Woman
Martin Kosleck as Maurice Gretz
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834.26 MB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
1 hr 30 min
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1.51 GB
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English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 30 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer 7 / 10

The Svengali of murderers.

The story begins with the deaths of one of Sebastian's wives. Her father is convinced that Sebastian is responsible...and during much of the film he works to bring the man to justice. But to counter the father, Sebastian has Gretz steal the body of his latest victim in order to prevent an autopsy! What else will these infamous killers do next?

Basil Rathbone plays the suave Bluebeard who uses his hypnotic powers over women, Dr. Sebastian. He marries rich women, murders them and then disappears....off to find another woman to kill. He's assisted in his endeavors by Gretz...and their relationship is VERY unusual (and nowadays it would be seen as homoerotic by many). I would love to see a remake that explores this odd relationship more. Regardless, it is an interesting little suspense picture...well worth seeing because of the acting and script.

Reviewed by boblipton 6 / 10

Ralph Morgan, Downer

Doctor Ralph Morgan calls at Basil Rathbone's home. His patient, Rathbone's wife, has died. Morgan is suspicious; she was recovering. He does nothing about it.

His suspicions are justified. Rathbone speaks with his manservant, Martin Kosleck, of how much he despised his rich wife and her stupid town, just like his other victims. They will return to New York, and he to his practice as a psychiatrist. There he is hired to deal with Ellen Drew, a depressed and suicidal socialite whose newspaper boyfriend, John Howard, has his suspicions. His investigations lead him to Morgan, even as Miss Drew marries Rathbone.

Rathbone offers his usual graceful performance as a man struggling with redemption. Most noteworthy of all, however, is Ellen Drew's performance as someone suicidal when we first meet her, to someone lighthearted after the ordinary pleasures of Coney Island. Alas, there is no sign of revival of her psychoses at the end, but in that era, endings had to be happy, even in a movie that focuses on Rathbone's attempts to deal with his own dark desires.

Hecht and MacArthur did uncredited work on the script, and they undoubtedly gave the producers what they asked for; neither was director Tim Whelan the man to stand up for a darker vision; he had returned to the US doing work on Korda's THE THIEF OF BAGDAD, and this was his first movie after that. It was no time to antagonize the brass at Paramount.

Reviewed by mark.waltz 6 / 10

Death always catches up to the hands that caused it.

One of Basil Rathbone's most chilling performances (and there have been quite a few), this psychological thriller isn't anything new, but the execution of a familiar story is brilliantly done. He's a non-practicing doctor who has made the habit of marrying wealthy older women and then killing them for their money, making sure that the autopsy shows it was by natural causes.

His assistant is very loyal companion Martin Kosleck, following him around like Mary's little lamb, and obviously the masterminds between how the murders are committed. In his latest crime, Rathbone is suspected by local doctor Ralph Morgan of having somehow contributed to a patient's death, her having had no signs that she was severely ill. Rathbone ends up in New York where he becomes a loyal therapist to a emotionally troubled Ellen Drew who at one point seems to attempt suicide through a hypnotic trance. With her as his latest attended victim, it's a race for handsome John Howard to try to stop him, bringing Morgan to New York to expose the dastardly duo.

Well done and fraught with tension, this thriller has little moments of brilliant horror, one of which involves a scene at a Time Square subway station. Rathbone and Kosleck reminded me of the two killers from Hitchcock's classic thriller "Rope", and how their relationship somehow wasn't noticed by the sensors is pretty amazing. This has great photography and some genuinely spooky moments, particularly Drew's unemotional walk to a skyscraper rooftop edge and her attempt to jump off, seemingly unaware of what she is doing. This one really is worth searching out simply for the intense atmosphere it provides that will keep you glued to your seat.

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