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Old 11-12-08, 06:25 PM
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DVD Talk review of 'Warner Bros. Gangsters Collection Vol. 4 (Little Giant/Kid Galahad/The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse/Invisible Stripes/Larceny, Inc.)'

I read Stuart Galbraith IV's DVD review of Warner Bros. Gangsters Collection Vol. 4 (Little Giant/Kid Galahad/The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse/Invisible Stripes/Larceny, Inc.) at http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=35401 and...

...enjoyed the review! I love these sets, and watch all of the films right away.

Couple of points/questions:

John Huston wrote "Dr. Clitterhouse." I couldn't help but wonder if the doctor's bizarre name was just an excuse to get the actors to say "Clitoris" many, many times during the film. I know little about Huston. Was he that kind of a practical joker?

Second, was it OCEANS 13 that lifted the idea of invading the business located next to the bank in order to tunnel through the basement into the adjacent vault from LARCENY, INC? It was a fairly recent heist flick. Maybe it was THE BANK JOB. Anyhow, shameful.
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Old 11-12-08, 06:42 PM
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As the review mentions, "The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse" is based on a British play of the same name. Sir Cedric Hardwicke played Dr. Clitterhouse on stage. Huston and John Wexley just wrote the screen adaptation.

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Originally Posted by Ethan VanSciver View Post
It was a fairly recent heist flick. Maybe it was THE BANK JOB. Anyhow, shameful.
To be fair, The Bank Job is based on an actual heist.

I think the tunneling in Ocean's 13 was to trigger an earthquake. I don't think they used the tunnel to try to get inside the casino, but it's been a while and my memory isn't all that great.

Rififi was the first movie that sprang to mind when I read your reply, although it's a jewelry store heist and an attack from above. Tunneling heist flicks aren't all that uncommon: Big Deal on Madonna Street and Small Time Crooks are another couple worth mentioning.
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There was a Sherlock Holmes story that used the tunneling plot too, if memory serves. That predates any movie.
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Tunneling heist flicks aren't all that uncommon: Big Deal on Madonna Street and Small Time Crooks are another couple worth mentioning.
The Ladykillers, too. (Both versions, I think.)

As for Dr. Clitterhouse, I'm sure he's pals with Colonel Angus.
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It's not just the tunneling, it's specifically locating a business next door to the bank, seizing it, and tunneling through the basement while people interrupt you upstairs.
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