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Dr. Monica (1934)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 23 June 1934 (USA)
Dr. Monica Brayden, a successful physician, is the central character in this story. Unbeknownst to her, her successful journalist husband has had an affair with one of her acquaintances, ... See full summary »

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(adaptation), (english adaptation) (as Laura Walker Mayer) | 1 more credit »
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Dr. Monica Brayden, a successful physician, is the central character in this story. Unbeknownst to her, her successful journalist husband has had an affair with one of her acquaintances, Mary Hathaway. John then embarks on an extended trip to Europe, leaving Mary pregnant. Mary is torn between her friendship for Monica and the baby she carries. Just before the baby is to be delivered, Monica finds out who the father in fact is. John has broken all ties with Mary, but Monica, who still hasn't told John about her friend's pregnancy, is prepared to leave her husband for good. Mary, who is distraught yet grateful to Monica for caring for her and her baby, is the only one who can keep the couple together. Written by bughouse

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Drama | Romance

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23 June 1934 (USA)  »

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Doctor Monica  »

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$167,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The Production Code Administration (PCA) requested that this film be pulled from theaters because of references to adultery and pregnancy. See more »

Goofs

When Mary goes riding and is thrown from her horse, the horse that runs off after she falls is a different one than the one she jumped over the wall and fell from. Note the two white lower rear legs on the horse running off after the fall. Also, the saddles are different from when she first got on the horse, to the jump/fall scene, to the horse running away after. See more »

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Featured in Complicated Women (2003) See more »

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Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
(1703-07) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Played on piano by Mary
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what woman behaves this way?
22 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kay Francis is successful Dr. Monica Braden, married and madly in love with John Braden (Warren William). Her big sorrow is that she can't conceive, and we learn as the film goes along that she will never be able to conceive. The film opens at a gathering, and we find out fairly quickly that John was having an affair with Mary Hathaway (Jean Muir), but he broke it off. He tells her to forget him.

Monica and Mary are friends, and Mary has fainting spells - which in old movies could mean only one thing. Never stated, however. Pregnant. Not only that, but she never looked pregnant. Monica promises to help Mary every step of the way. And she does, until she finds out that the baby is her husband's.

This is dated and preposterous. Was Dr. Monica trying to be a candidate for sainthood? Kay is glamorous, and there's a nice performance from Verree Teasdale.

Precode and a typical Kay Francis melodrama. I don't know of any woman who would behave as she did, pre or post-code.


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