Directed by Bernard Vorhaus
Starring Turhan Bey, Lynn Bari, Cathy O’Donnell, Richard Carlson, Donald Curtis, Virginia Gregg
There’s a lot of good stuff on the way to Blu-Ray these days. Among these riches is The Amazing Mr. X (1948), also known as The Spiritualist, coming from The Film Detective in October.
Turhan Bey plays Alexis, a phony spiritualist who gets in way over his head with his latest con — convincing a widow that he’s in contact with her late husband.
Bey is terrific as the bogus medium. The picture’s got noir regulars Lynn Bari and Cathy O’Donnell, horror/sci-fi favorite Richard Carlson and the great Virginia Gregg (who Jack Webb must’ve had on retainer).
But the real attraction here is the cinematography by John Alton. Alton was a real master, and his book Painting With Light is a classic for both filmmakers and movie geeks. To have Alton’s work in high definition is a real treat. The Amazing Mr. X is a cool little movie and given that The Film Detective is promising a restoration, it’s highly recommended indeed.