The cinematography and direction of this movie were great and the actors are some of my favorites. I honestly cannot explain why it did not grab me in any way.
Dr. Clitterhouse (Edward G. Robinson) is a society physician with a fascination with the criminal mind. He decides to do some medical research on the subject and to use himself as his own guinea pig so he starts pulling off a number of jewel heists which baffle the police. He finds a fence for the loot in the form of Jo Keller (Claire Trevor) and falls in with her gang. Clitterhouse becomes known as “The Professor” and takes over the ring leader role from “Rocks” Valentine (Humphrey Bogart). Rocks is not about to stand for this.
Litvak made a very stylish film with strong elements of German Expressionism . I loved his Mayerling (1936) too and want to check out more of his work. The only problem with the movie for me is that it is supposed to be a comedy-thriller and I was neither thrilled nor greatly amused. I may have been having a bad day.