The Crime Doctor (1934)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Film Noir  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This thriller centers around a super detective's attempt to mastermind the perfect crime after he suspects his wife of infidelity. A woman has been blackmailing the man he suspects of messing with his wife. The detective kills this woman and blames the lover. The hapless man is convicted of the crime. Unfortunately, his wife continues to reject him. The despondent detective kills himself, but not before he sends a letter to his peers explaining his evil deed. To appease the censors, the film has an odd ending tacked on: the whole story was really part of a criminologist's novel.

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killing, blackmail, conviction, criminal, criminology, detective, extramarital-affair, false-accusation, false-conviction, letter, lover, mastermind, murder, suicide, suspect, suspicion, trial [courtroom], wife