The Amazing Mr. X (1948), also known as The Spiritualist, is a film noir directed by Bernard Vorhaus with cinematography by John Alton. Like Nightmare Alley (1947), this film tells the story of a phony spiritualist racket. The film is prominently featured in Alton’s book on cinematography Painting with Light (1949).
The film stars Turhan Bey, Lynn Bari, Cathy O’Donnell, and Richard Carlson. Eagle-Lion Films signed a contract with Carole Landis for the part played by Bari, but Landis committed suicide a few days before shooting began.
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The Amazing Mr X
Directed by Bernard Vorhaus
Produced by Benjamin Stoloff
Written by Crane Wilbur, Muriel Roy Bolton, Ian McLellan Hunter
Starring Turhan Bey, Lynn Bari, Cathy O’Donnell
Music by Alexander Laszlo
Cinematography John Alton
Edited by Norman Colbert
Production company Ben Stoloff Productions
Distributed by Eagle-Lion Films
Release dates July 29, 1948
Running time 78 minutes
Country United States