The Amazing Mr. X

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The Amazing Mr. X
(The Spiritualist)
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bernard Vorhaus
Produced by Benjamin Stoloff
Written by Crane Wilbur
Muriel Roy Bolton
Ian McLellan Hunter
Starring Turhan Bey
Lynn Bari
Cathy O'Donnell
Music by Alexander Laszlo
Cinematography John Alton
Edited by Norman Colbert
Ben Stoloff Productions
Distributed by Eagle-Lion Films
Release date
  • July 29, 1948 (1948-07-29) (United States)
Running time
78 minutes
Country United States
Language English
The Amazing Mr. X

The Amazing Mr. X also known as The Spiritualist is a 1948 American horror thriller 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.[1]


Lobby card for the film

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.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sullivan, Monica (1998). VideoHound's independent film guide. Visible Ink Press. pp. 12–13. 
  2. ^ Higham, Charles; Greenberg, Joel (1968). Hollywood in the Forties. London: A. Zwemmer Limited. p. 67. ISBN 0-302-00477-7. 

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