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Doctor Bull (1933)

Passed  -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  22 September 1933 (USA)
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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

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

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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IF YOU MISSED IT...SEE IT NOW! IF YOU SAW IT...ENJOY IT AGAIN! (1936 re-issue poster) See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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22 September 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Doktor Bul  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Dr. George 'Doc' Bull: Oh, there's an old saying. There's only one way into the world, but there's a thousand ways out.
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Crazy Credits

"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 »

Soundtracks

Abide with Me
(uncredited)
Music by William H. Monk
Hymnal text by Henry F. Lyte
Sung by Will Rogers as he comes in with wood
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Worth seeing for Will Rogers
2 August 2002 | by (Ottawa) – See all my reviews

"Doctor Bull" is Ford's first of three collaborations with Will Rogers. Much like their later pictures, it combines humor and drama with greater emphasis on dialogue and performance rather than narrative. Mr. Ford admired Rogers' folksy charm and found in him a figure whose moral wisdom perfectly matched with his own. In these leisurely and unpretentious pictures, Rogers is successfully a healer and reconciler, but, like most of Ford's subsequent protagonists, he is also a melancholy and lonely figure.

Though it is nowhere near the charm, subtlety and enduring greatness of "Judge Priest"(1934) & "Steamboat 'Round the Bend"(1935), "Doctor Bull" is nonetheless worth seeing for Mr. Rogers' loving portrayal of a small-town Connecticut doctor combating typhus and narrow-mindedness.

It is interesting to note that in the same year Rogers starred in another whiff of Americana - Henry King's lovely and often underrated "State Fair."


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