Doc Bull, a no-nonsense country doctor who has served his community for decades, fights small-town prejudice and provincialism in several crises.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vera Allen ...
Mrs. Janet 'Jane' Cardmaker, Widow of Charles Edward Cardmaker / Bull's Girlfriend
May Tupping - Telephone Operator
Howard Lally ...
Joe Tupping
Herbert Banning - Janet's Brother
Mrs. Herbert Banning
Larry Ward, Sodajerk
Virginia (Muller) / Banning
Tempe Pigott ...
Grandma Banning
Aunt Patricia Banning
Aunt Emily Banning
Dr. Verney, Owner Verney Laboratory
Patsy O'Byrne ...
Susan - Dr. Bull's Cook
Veda Buckland ...
Mary - Janet's Maid
Effie Ellsler ...
Aunt Myra Bull


Dr. Bull is an old-fashioned country doctor whose affair with the widow Janet Cardmaker is creating waves in the small town where he practices. When there is a mysterious outbreak of typhoid which the doctor is slow in reacting to, it all comes to a head. The townspeople hold an emergency meeting and decide to give Dr. Bull the sack and bring in a new doctor. Dr. Bull must find a way to save his job, his reputation, and a young man's life, whom all other practitioners have written off as a permanent invalid. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Release Date:

22 September 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Doktor Bul  »

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1.37 : 1
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In the book, there are discussions about abortion between Doctor Bull and Virginia Banning. These were dropped from the script after a complaint from the Hays Office. In the movie, there is just a vague notion she is pregnant. Also, the character of Larry Ward had a venereal disease in the book, but in the film he's just a hypochondriac. See more »


Mrs. Herbert Banning: Poor Mamie! She was so young! She must have hated to die!
Dr. George 'Doc' Bull: Oh, I don't know. I've seen a hundred people die, and none of them ever seemed to mind it. They was all too sick to mind it.
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"Doctor Bull brings his neighbors into the world and postpones their departure as long as possible. He prescribes common sense and accepts his small rewards gratefully. His patients call him Doc." See more »


Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful)
Written by Frederick Oakeley and John Francis Wade
Sung by the congregation in church
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John Ford & Will Rogers: A Great Combination
9 January 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

Will Rogers stars in this little slice of Americana. He's the town's only doctor and a bit of a ladies' man. He's also the source of most of the local old maids' gossip. Which gives Will a great chance to use his special brand of humor to skewer the foibles of the human creature.

John Ford provides good atmosphere. This would be the first of 3 pictures he would make with Will. Rochelle Hudson shows why she was one of the prettiest actresses of the early '30's and Andy Devine is hilarious as a hypochondriac who is the bane of Doctor Bull's existence.

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