The Amazing Mr. X (1948)

Seventy-four years ago today, the film The Amazing Mr. X premiered. This is not a great film, it is unintentionally funny in places. It has gained a cult following because of the lore surrounding Carole Landis who died days before the filming started by taking an overdose of Seconal. The film is in the public domain, you can watch the whole movie below.

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Title: The Amazing Mr. X (The Spiritualist)
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
Production Company: Ben Stoloff Productions
Distributed by: Eagle-Lion Films
Release date: July 29, 1948 (United States)
Running time: 78 minutes

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, a spiritualist; but he in turn finds himself manipulated into deeper devilry than he had in mind. Alexis has hired Emily (Virginia Gregg) as Christine’s maid to learn secret inside information. Sister Janet checks out Alexis only to fall in love with him. Christine gets engaged to Martin (Richard Carlson) and he hires a detective (Harry Mendoza) to protect Christine.

Alexis puts on a convincing séance and afterward the real Paul Faber appears. He had faked his own death and now Alexis must continue his con in concert with Paul. Christine hears Paul’s voice and falls off a cliff only to be saved by Alexis and Janet. Martin wants Christine to leave her house for safety. Christine wants to hear Paul’s voice and his piano music. Janet starts to search the house for speakers and she finds Alexis and the alive Paul. Alexis protects Janet but he is shot. The police arrive and shoot and kill Paul.

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