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Charles Edward 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
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 »
Dr. George 'Doc' Bull:
I ain't never hurt any of you kids, did I?
No, you ain't done nothing but give us a lot of pills.
Yeah, my old man says that's all you can do.
Dr. George 'Doc' Bull:
Oh, is that so? Wait till your old man gets sick again. see what happens to him.
He can beat you up!
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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 »
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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