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Karl is the workaholic adopted son while Stephan is the lazy one. They both go to Munich to study medicine and Karl is at the top of the class while Stephan is barely passing. When Stephan's... See more »

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Karl Brenner
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Lotti Brenner
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Stephan Brenner
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Anna
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Martha Brenner, Karl's foster mother (as Lucille LaVerne)
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Keller
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Dr. Niergardt
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Dr. Franz von Bergman
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Professor at the University (uncredited)
Reginald Barlow ...
The Professor (uncredited)
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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)
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Autopsy Surgeon (uncredited)
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Mrs. Beverly (uncredited)
Robert Farfan ...
Franz - Lottie's Friend (uncredited)
Betty Jane Graham ...
Girl with Broken Arm (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ...
Gallery Observor (uncredited)
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Anna's Landlady (uncredited)
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The Deacon (uncredited)
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Willie - Karl's Student (uncredited)

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Michael Curtiz
Lloyd Bacon ... (uncredited)

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Imre Földes ... (play "A Kuruzslo") (as Emric Foeldes)
 
Houston Branch ... (screenplay)
 
Charles Kenyon ... (dialogue)

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Bernhard Kaun ... (uncredited)

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Barney McGill ... (photographed by)

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Frank Magee ... (as Frank McGee)
William Holmes ... (uncredited)

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Anton Grot

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William C. McGann ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Charles David Forrest ... sound (uncredited)

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Mack Elliott ... still photographer (uncredited)
Kenneth Green ... second camera operator (uncredited)
William P. Whitley ... assistant camera (uncredited)

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Leo F. Forbstein ... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
Sam Perry ... composer: waltz theme (uncredited)

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Harry Martin ... technical director (as Dr. Harry Martin)
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Karl is the workaholic adopted son while Stephan is the lazy one. They both go to Munich to study medicine and Karl is at the top of the class while Stephan is barely passing. When Stephan's actions causes the death of Anna, Karl is the one who takes the wrap and three years in prison. When he gets out, he finds Stephan is dead and a sick child needs an operation and he does brilliant surgery. This gets him noticed and his mother tells them that he is Stephan Brenner, not Karl Brenner. She tells Karl that he must cure sickness in the world. But, being that he is Stephan, he can no longer marry Lottie, as she is now his sister. Written by Tony Fontana

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Also Known As
  • Su gran sacrificio (Spain)
  • Il segreto del dottore (Italy)
  • En Læges Hemmelighed (Denmark)
  • En läkares hemlighet (Sweden)
  • Glória Amarga (Brazil)
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Trivia 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 »
Soundtracks Academic Festival Overture in C, Opus 80 See more »

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