The Amazing Mr. X
|The Amazing Mr. X
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Bernard Vorhaus|
|Produced by||Benjamin Stoloff|
|Written by||Crane Wilbur
Muriel Roy Bolton
Ian McLellan Hunter
|Music by||Alexander Laszlo|
|Edited by||Norman Colbert|
Ben Stoloff Productions
|Distributed by||Eagle-Lion Films|
|July 29, 1948|
The Amazing Mr. X (1948), also known as The Spiritualist, is a film noir directed by Bernard Vorhaus with cinematography by John Alton. Like Nightmare Alley (1947), this film tells the story of a phony spiritualist racket. The film is prominently featured in Alton's book on cinematography Painting with Light (1949).
The film stars Turhan Bey, Lynn Bari, Cathy O'Donnell, and Richard Carlson. Eagle-Lion Films signed a contract with Carole Landis for the part played by Bari, but Landis committed suicide a few days before shooting began. The film is in the public domain.
Two years after her husband's death, Christine Faber (Lynn Bari) thinks she hears her late husband (Donald Curtis) calling out of the surf on the beach one night. She meets a tall dark man named Alexis (Turhan Bey) who seems to know all about her.
After more ghostly manifestations, Christine and her younger sister (Cathy O'Donnell) become enmeshed in the strange life of Alexis; but he in turn finds himself manipulated into deeper devilry than he had in mind.
At previews, audiences found parts of the film to be funny, resulting in unintended laughs.
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