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Product NameThe Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse [VHS]
LanguageEnglish
CategoryElectronics / Photography: A/V Media: Movie
Amazon.comA Buy on Amazon ~ B00003XAMV
Price New6.45 US Dollars    (curriencies)
Price Used2.07 US Dollars    (curriencies)
CastEdward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, Claire Trevor, Allen Jenkins, Donald Crisp
BindingVHS Tape
FormatBlack & White, NTSC
Run Time87 minutes
Long DescriptionA stylish, often amusing crime drama, this 1938 feature revolves around a central, improbable plot twist that consciously serves its casting against type: as the eponymous doctor, Edward G. Robinson, who had helped define the Warner Bros. style for gritty gangster sagas, jettisons his signature snarl in favor of a plummy, vaguely English accent that underlines his urbane sophistication. Dr. Clitterhouse is a creature of privilege who embarks on a criminal life not out of desperation, but rather through intellectual curiosity; instead of slouch hats and suits, he has marcelled hair and first appears in white tie and tails. He begins pulling off "perfect" jewel thefts as research into the criminal mind, but his gradual immersion in New York's shadowy demimonde of thieves and fences eventually finds the good doctor between those two worlds.

Robinson's principal foils stick closer to their studio strong suits. Humphrey Bogart is "Rocks" Valentine, a sturdy if familiar variation on the hoods and have-nots that were his early stock in trade at the studio. Bogart's fence and former paramour is Jo Keller, played by Claire Trevor as glamorous, streetwise, and otherwise decent, apart from her knack for larceny. When the doctor asks her to fence his glittering contraband, she's intrigued, and Clitterhouse, known to the hoods only as "the Professor," becomes their strategist. Jo is clearly falling for him, while "Rocks" is visibly jealous of the fastidious stranger's rising influence and romantic rivalry.

In keeping with its ultimately goofy premise, the story navigates some eccentric plot turns with an aplomb that can be credited to the solid cast (including other studio stalwarts such as Allen Jenkins, Ward Bond, and Donald Crisp) and the three principals, who would work off each other to much more riveting effect a decade later in Key Largo. --Sam Sutherland

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This is a basic implementation of a service that provides retrieval access to the EANData.com UPC web site. Its was coded to verify basic  proof-of-concept for development of another application and was not intended to provide be anything more than basic functionality in the retrieval  of UPC data from the EANData.com web site.

There are several places where simple code was left in place rather than using more advanced Java features/methods to allow for easier  understanding of junior developers. Not much time spent refactoring or cleaning up the code. It is provided as a starting point only.

It contains a Factory service that returns a service object configured using the UcpService.properties (see below) file found in the class path of  the executed code. The UpcQueryService can respond with an implementation of the UpcResponse and supporting interfaces or with an InputStream  allowing direct access to the response from the from the EANData.com web site.

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The UpcService.properties must be configured.

Url (Required)
provides the address used to query UPC data. The additional parameters are added to retrieve the requested information.

ApiKeyCode (Required)
Provided from EANData.com when your account is setup.

Mode (Required)
The manner in which the data will be retrieved from the EANData.com web site.
 
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