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Men in White (1934)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  6 April 1934 (USA)
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An idealistic doctor must make some hard choices between his dedication to the profession and his personal life.

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Cast

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Laura
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Dr. Hochberg
Elizabeth Allan ...
Barbara
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Dr. Levine
C. Henry Gordon ...
Dr. Cunningham
Russell Hardie ...
Dr. Michaelson
Wallace Ford ...
Shorty
Henry B. Walthall ...
Dr. McCabe
Russell Hopton ...
Pete
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Dr. Gordon
Frank Puglia ...
Dr. Vitale
Leo Chalzel ...
Dr. Wren
Donald Douglas ...
Mac
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Storyline

A dedicated young doctor places his patients above everyone else in his life. Unfortunately, his social register fianceé can't accept the fact that he considers an appointment in the operating room more important that attending a cocktail party. He soon drifts into an affair with a pretty nurse who shares his passion for healing. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

6 April 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alma de Médico  »

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Technical Specs

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| (New York opening)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Because of the suggested illicit romance and the suggested abortion in the movie, it was frequently cut. The Legion of Decency cited the movie as unfit for public exhibition. See more »

Goofs

The close-ups and extreme close-ups of Eliabeth Allan and the young girl don't match. See more »

Quotes

Shorty: [Walking into the hospital library] Hey, does anyone got anything to eat? A chocolate bar or anything? I'm hungry.
Mac: [after yawning] Slop's at 12:30.
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Spoofed in Men in Black (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Danube Waltz
(1866) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauß
Played as background music in a restaurant
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Most believable of the Gable/Loy pairings I've seen
14 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is best known in film history as the inspiration for the Three Stooges' comedy short "Men in Black", although there is really no comparison between the two. This is a well-paced little hospital drama made right before the production code began to be enforced. Dr. George Forrest (Clark Gable) is an intern at a busy hospital and Laura Hudson (Myrna Loy) is his socialite fiancée. Forrest wants to study under Dr. Hochberg (Jean Hersholt) when his time is up as an intern, but it means only twenty dollars a week and long indefinite hours. Laura wants her fiancée to go into private practice so that they can have a normal life together after their marriage. Laura may be a bit of a spoiled brat, but she knows it, so it makes her more likable. Forrest is torn between wanting to please Laura and wanting the great chance to work with Hochberg. A fight between the couple one night sets up the scene for a scandal that has the opportunity to derail both Forrest's career and personal life. That is pretty much the crux of the movie.

What keeps it interesting is the pacing and the performances. I found it to be the most believable of the Gable/Loy pairings I've seen. Plus, unlike so many MGM dramas of the 30's, there is no unreasonable bad guy in sight - only the fight to advance medicine. Another matter of interest is the art deco interior design of the hospital. For example, there is a staircase in the main lobby of the hospital that is out of this world.


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