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The Medicine Man (1930)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  15 June 1930 (USA)
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The son and daughter of an abusive shopkeeper turn to a medicine show salesman for help.

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Dr. John Harvey
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Mamie Goltz
E. Alyn Warren ...
Goltz
Eva Novak ...
Hulda
Billy Butts ...
Buddy
Adolph Milar ...
Peter
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Steve (as Georgie Stone)
Tom Dugan ...
Charley (as Tommy Dugan)
Vadim Uraneff ...
Gus
Caroline Rankin ...
Hattie
Dorothea Wolbert ...
Sister Wilson
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Mamie and Buddy, the son and daughter of a cruel, abusive shopkeeper, are excited when Dr. Harvey's medicine show comes to town. But when they slip away at night to watch the show, their father finds out and punishes them severely. When the angry father then decides to force Mamie to marry against her will, she turns to Dr. Harvey for help. Meanwhile, two of the doctor's associates have been playing a confidence game, and have attracted the attention of the local sheriff. Written by Snow Leopard

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Poor example of early talkie
6 December 2003 | by (Minneapolis, MN) – See all my reviews

The Medicine Man is a poor example of an early talkie. Slow and dumb, with a rustic cast of German-American characters DW Griffith would gag on. Jack Benny's presence makes it historically interesting, but that's about it. Benny gets off the only good line, "The New York critics have proclaimed this show the greatest amalgamation of merry making mirth provokers since Shakespeare was barred from Avon." And he mispronounces "Avon." The plot is more-or-less the same as The Music Man but without any of the music, acting or dialog. For Benny completists only.


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