|THE STRANGE MR. GREGORY (director: Phil Rosen; screenwriter: story by Myles Connolly/Charles Belden; cinematographer: Ira Morgan; editor: Seth Larsen; cast: Edmund Lowe (Mr. Gregory/Lane Talbot), Jean Rogers (Ellen Randall), Donald Douglas (John Randall), Marjorie Hoshelle (Sheila Edwards), Jonathan Hale (Defense Attorney Blair), Frank Reicher (Riker, The Butler), Robert Emmett Keane (District Attorney ), Frank Mayo (Inspector Hoskins); Runtime: 63; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Louis Berkoff; Monogram; 1945)|
complex mystery story, that's not bad."
by Dennis Schwartz
Rosen ("Klondike"/"The Jade Mask"/"Step
By Step") directs this offbeat complex mystery story,
that's not bad. It's based on the story by
Myles Connolly and is written by Charles
stage hypnotist-magician, using the name Mr.
Gregory (Edmund Lowe), is
a practitioner of Tibetan meditation and through that
study has the ability to put himself into a state of
suspended animation simulating death. Gregory becomes
obsessed with the wife of another man, Ellen Randall (Jean Rogers),
he meets when she goes backstage after his
performance. He schemes to get her by framing her
amateur magician husband (Donald Douglas)
for murdering him, and also for the cold-blooded
murder of his devoted butler Riker (Frank Reicher).
Before he was killed, Riker wrote a note implicating
Mr. Randall. The unfortunate servant is the only
person who knew Gregory's secret, and was killed for
that reason. The husband is convicted and jailed.
Gregory thereby reappears at the trial as his own twin
brother, Lane Talbot, and is able to use his hypnotism
tricks to get Ellen to fall in love with him
even though she can't stand him. But Ellen's friend (Marjorie
something fishy, and they get the law to open
Gregory's empty coffin. The twisted magician,
realizing he is soon to be arrested, determines if
can't have the woman, nobody can. It becomes a
question if he will kill her before he's caught.
think about it under closer scrutiny, it doesn't make
REVIEWED ON 9/10/2014 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
© ALL RIGHTS RESERVED DENNIS SCHWARTZ