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Alias the Doctor -- Stephan may be young, but he's made a name for himself as a skilled, compassionate surgeon. But it's actually Karl, his foster brother, who is the surgeon.


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Release Date:
26 March 1932 (USA) See more »
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Karl is the workaholic adopted son while Stephan is the lazy one. They both go to Munich to study medicine... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Barthelmess ... Karl Brenner

Marian Marsh ... Lotti Brenner

Norman Foster ... Stephan Brenner

Adrienne Dore ... Anna
Lucille La Verne ... Martha Brenner, Karl's foster mother (as Lucille LaVerne)
Oscar Apfel ... Keller

John St. Polis ... Dr. Niergardt

George Rosener ... Dr. Franz von Bergman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Erville Alderson ... Professor at the University (uncredited)
Reginald Barlow ... The Professor (uncredited)

Harry Beresford ... Dr. Schwarz (uncredited)
Frederick Burton ... President of the University (uncredited)
Allan Cavan ... Medical Board Member (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ... Dr. Kleinschmidt (uncredited)
Max Davidson ... Anna's Landlord (uncredited)

Nigel De Brulier ... Autopsy Surgeon (uncredited)

Claire Dodd ... Mrs. Beverly (uncredited)
Robert Farfan ... Franz - Lottie's Friend (uncredited)
Betty Jane Graham ... Girl with Broken Arm (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Gallery Observor (uncredited)
Lillian Harmer ... Anna's Landlady (uncredited)
Arnold Lucy ... The Deacon (uncredited)
Harold Waldridge ... Willie - Karl's Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Curtiz 
Lloyd Bacon (uncredited)
Writing credits
Imre Földes (play "A Kuruzslo") (as Emric Foeldes)

Houston Branch (screenplay)

Charles Kenyon (dialogue)

Original Music by
Bernhard Kaun (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Barney McGill (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Frank Magee  (as Frank McGee)
William Holmes (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Anton Grot 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William C. McGann .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Charles David Forrest .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mack Elliott .... still photographer (uncredited)
Kenneth Green .... second camera operator (uncredited)
William P. Whitley .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
Sam Perry .... composer: waltz theme (uncredited)
Other crew
Harry Martin .... technical director (as Dr. Harry Martin)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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61 min | UK:69 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Sweden:15 | UK:A | USA:Approved (certificate number not assigned at release)

Did You Know?

Several actors are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members, but do not appear in the movie. These are (with their character names): Boris Karloff (autopsy surgeon), Claire Dodd (Mrs. Beverly) and Reginald Barlow (professor of the university). Karloff was replaced by Nigel De Brulier when he was not available for retakes and the British censors objected to the gruesomeness of his scenes.See more »
Movie Connections:
Alternate language version of Le cas du docteur Brenner (1933)See more »
Academic Festival Overture in C, Opus 80See more »


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The Plow and the Scalpel, 30 November 2014
Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles

He's happiest while manning the plow on his Austrian farm, but brilliant student Richard Barthelmess (as Karl Brenner) goes to medical school in Munich. A naturally gifted surgeon, Mr. Barthelmess is named valedictorian of his graduating class. Unfortunately, a tragedy occurs just before Barthelmess graduates. He takes the rap for his irresponsible foster brother Norman Foster (as Stephan Brenner) after the latter gets drunk and botches an operation on a female companion. Barthelmess is later mistaken for his brother and takes his place as country doctor, after a freaky accident threatens the life of a young boy. Upon saving the kid's life, Barthelmess is offered a big job in the city. However, he must pretend to be his foster brother, which is not legal...

The long shots introducing Barthelmess' character, by director Michael Curtiz (or, possibly, Lloyd Bacon) and photographer Lee Garmes get this off to an artful start. Later, set work by Anton Grot keeps it looking good. In college, Barthelmess and foster brother Foster are amusing, with the latter successfully impersonating a perpetually partying student. We do wonder, however, how Foster was able to obtain a medical license. Raised like they were brother and sister, Barthelmess and foster sister Marian Marsh (as Lotti) are ill-suited young lovers. Veteran Lucille La Verne makes the most of the mother role. And, Nigel de Brulier is mystifying but terrific as a silent, menacing autopsy surgeon. Alas, as a story, "Alias the Doctor" is not very convincing.

***** Alias the Doctor (2/25/32) Michael Curtiz ~ Richard Barthelmess, Marian Marsh, Norman Foster, Lucille La Verne

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