The boys stage phony accidents so the girls will have to nurse them back to health.





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Cast overview:
Dave / Dr. Sharpe / Nurse
Dorothy, the Maid
Mary's Father / Gertie's Uncle


Alabam is lovesick. He tells Mickey how he can't get close to the girl of his dreams; he's overheard by Dave, a smooth operator, who insists that Alabam leave everything to him. He contrives to have Alabam and Mickey wreck Alabam's car in the girl's front yard, then he arrives, posing as a doctor, asking the residents of the house if they'll let the injured boy come inside while the doctor examines him. Meanwhile, Mickey gets a look at the girl's cousin and feigns injury so that now both lads are in beds upstairs while Dave, the doctor, conjures foul-tasting treatments. The fly in the ointment is the girl's crusty uncle, who may stand between the lads and their true loves. Written by <>

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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

13 September 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Boy Friends: Doctor's Orders  »

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| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mickey Daniels and Grady Sutton drive their car across the lawn in front of the girls' house and crash into a tree, leaving very prominent tire tracks on the lawn. Although this happened several minutes into the story, the tire tracks are clearly visible in the opening scenes - before the car was driven across the lawn. See more »

Crazy Credits

The cast and crew credits, as well as the film's title, are given orally by twin sisters. See more »


Followed by High Gear (1931) See more »


Smile When the Raindrops Fall
Written by Alice Keating Howlett and Will Livernash
Played during the introductory credits
Sung by David Sharpe, Grady Sutton and two others in the opening scene
Played when Alabam is contemplating suicide
Sung by Dorothy Granger, Mary Kornman and Gertrude Messinger at the end
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Start of a Series
12 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This the first film of the Boy Friend's shorts, a Hal Roach comedy series featuring two of the silent players from the Our Gang series. Mary Kornman and Mickey Daniels made a fine transition to films as adults; Mary was the beauty of the series and Mickey was the goofy oaf, sort of a predecessor of Screech from Saved By the Bell.

Doctor's Orders opens with the two girls from some of the Our Gang talkies. They serves as the opening credits for the film.

In this short, the boys of the group fake a car accident to get the attention of Mary and Gertie, the beautiful girls in the neighborhood. Kennedy the cop plays the uncle of the girls who is wise to the antics of the high school boys. He makes it his personal goal to prove that the boys are only faking with some humorous results. This film is filled with cliché, tried but true jokes. It is brief, but it almost runs too long for comfort.

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