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The Country Doctor (1909)

 -  Short | Drama  -  8 July 1909 (USA)
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While caring for his sick daughter, a doctor is called away to the sickbed of a neighbor. He finds the neighbor gravely ill, and ignores his wife's pleas to come home and care for his own daughter, who has taken a turn for the worse.

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Uncredited cast:
Kate Bruce ...
Poor Mother (uncredited)
Adele DeGarde ...
Poor Mother's Sick Daughter (uncredited)
Gladys Egan ...
Edith Harcourt - Daughter (uncredited)
Rose King ...
Maid (uncredited)
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Mrs.Harcourt (uncredited)
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Frank Powell ...
Doctor Harcourt (uncredited)
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While caring for his sick daughter, a doctor is called away to the sickbed of a neighbor. He finds the neighbor gravely ill, and ignores his wife's pleas to come home and care for his own daughter, who has taken a turn for the worse.

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Short | Drama

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8 July 1909 (USA)  »

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In the middle of the background for both indoor sets (the country doctor's home and the poor mother's shack), the American Biograph Company's logo is prominently incorporated into the "decoration." Apparently this is because at the time the film was made motion pictures were still not covered by copyright laws, but trademark logos were. By incorporating the trademark logo into every interior shot, the company had an easier time "copyrighting" the work. See more »

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Starts slow, but builds to an effective denouement.
21 February 2006 | by (California) – See all my reviews

With exteriors filmed in pastoral Cunnecticut and an excellent cast of Griffith's top actors (Florence Lawrence, Mary Pickford, Kate Bruce, baby Gladys Egan), The Country Doctor is still an effective dramatic work, showing a doctor's moral and emotional struggle over treating a young patient while his own daughter lies dying at home.

The family's happiness at the beginning of the film is emphasized with very long takes of the happy threesome walking down their garden path, stopping in a field to pick flowers, smiling and stretching their arms skyward with contentment. Miz Larwence chews the scenery somewhat in these first shots, her gesturing breaking the serenity of the landscape. Once the film goes indoors and she trades her white summer gown for a sober black dress, she is much more controlled. The doctor/father, Frank Powell, also uses some dated indication techniques throughout the film. The real laurels go to the two children of the film, Gladys Egan and Adele DeGarde, who both play their sick-little-girl roles superbly, with subtle, realistic emotion.

There is especially lovely cinematography and scenery in this film. Billy Bitzer's opening and closing panoramic shots of the valley are stunning. Well worth seeing for many reasons, and definitely accessible to modern viewers.


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