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
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 »
"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 »
John Ford film about a kind country doctor (Will Rogers) who gets the town talking when he starts a relationship with a widow (Vera Allen). Soon enough the doctor is fighting rumors and suspicion more than illness. I was really shocked to see how old fashioned this film was in two ways. On the positive side is that director Ford makes an authentic looking picture as we believe the settings very well. However, on the down side, this film looks as if it were made in 1915. Early sound movies always featured problems but this one was made in 1933 so the technology was high enough to where there's no excuse for the technical quality of the film. The camera-work is shaky at best and even the soundtrack is pretty poor. The entire look of the film really makes it annoying to watch and the screenplay doesn't do too much with the characters. Rogers is good in his role but I was really left bored with the supporting cast. Andy Devine steals the show as a man who always has something bothering him.
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