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The Strange Case of Doctor Rx

The Strange Case of Doctor Rx(1942)

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After five men previously acquitted of various criminal charges are murdered by a mysterious avenger known as Dr. Rx, police Inspector Hurd (Edmund MacDonald) and Sergeant Sweeney (Shemp Howard) ask private investigator Jerry Church (Patric Knowles) to help them on the case. He takes the case after talking to Dudley Crispin (Samuel S. Hinds), a brilliant attorney who had defended three of the murdered men. Crispin gains an acquittal for his latest client, Zarini (Matty Fain), but the latter falls dead in the courtroom. Jerry marries Kit Logan (Anne Gwynne), who becomes frightened and persuades Jerry to quit the case. He stays however after Ernie Paul (John Gallaudet), suspected of the Zarini murder, threatens to "get" him if he does not stay on and clear Paul. Dr. Rx captures Jerry and attempts to frighten him into insanity by strapping him on an operating table, and pretending to exchange the detective's brain for a gorilla (Ray Corrigan in his gorilla suit).

Cast & Crew

William Nigh Director
Patric Knowles Jerry Church
Lionel Atwill Dr. Fish
Anne Gwynne Kit [Logan Church]
Samuel S. Hinds Dudley Crispin
Mona Barrie Mrs. Dudley [Eileen] Crispin
Shemp Howard [Sergeant] Sweeney
Paul Cavanagh John Crispin
Edmund MacDonald Inspector [Captain Bill] Hurd
Mantan Moreland Horatio [Pitts Washington]
John Gallaudet Ernie Paul
Leyland Hodgson Butler [Thomas]
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Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  New York opening: week of 27 Mar 1942
Release Date:  1942 Production Date:  EB tape
Ch. 5 TV print
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Duration(mins):  64-65.5 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  5,905    
Duration(reels):  not available    

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