Psycho Killer Loose at Blair Hospital!
Metro Calling Dr. Gillespie (1942) Now That Ayres Is Out
|Murder We'd Forgive, But Wrecking a Department Store's |
Electric Train Display? --- Unpardonable!
Lure for ladies here is Euro import Philip Dorn, being road-tested in a handful of Metros to see if he could be another Charles Boyer, or closer match Paul Heinried. Dorn's Blair residency was a one-off, the Gillespies finding their level when likeable Van Johnson and Keye Luke joined staff later. Barrymore impresses for all but doing slapstick from the wheelchair --- his reaction to electric shock nearly results in backflip and reaction worthy of Babe Hardy in similar discomfit. It isn't all laughs of course, as ingénue Donna Reed has unwisely affianced herself to psycho killer Phil Brown, who clubs a cute cocker spaniel in the opener scene (that nearly made me turn the movie off) and later destroys electric trains in a dazzling 40's store window display --- murder we'll accept, but not offing doggies or wrecking O gauge treasures. The serial murder stuff is actually pretty chilling; there's even a closed door and pull-back that Hitchcock would use verbatim in much later Frenzy (did he see Calling Dr. Gillespie and remember?).