A small-town doctor gets roped into helping a notorious bank robber.

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Red Bastian
Robert Barrat ...
Dr. Ginder
John Eldredge ...
Dr. Burton
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Stevens
Helen Lowell ...
Ma Ganson
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Muggsy
Henry O'Neill ...
Greer
Grace Stafford ...
Caroline Suggs
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Dr. McClintick (as Samuel Hinds)
June Travis ...
Dublin
Raymond Brown ...
Ben Suggs
Olin Howland ...
Bob Catlett
Joe Downing ...
Cinq Laval (as Joseph Downing)
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Bookish Dr. Cardwell is not very popular with the people of the small town of Big Bend, who prefer the charismatic Dr. Ginder. Cardwell has few paying patients and cannot even pay his grocery bill. One night he is visited by Red Bastian, a notorious outlaw in need of some quick medical attention. Bastian takes a liking to Cardwell and gives him a hundred-dollar bill as payment, which the doctor uses to square things with the grocer. Before their next bank robbery, Bastian's gang picks up a pretty hitchhiker. She manages to escape during the shootout, but is wounded. Dr. Cardwell takes care of her at his home and grows fond of the girl, named Jo. All of Big Bend is in a tizzy about Red Bastian, with many folks believing that Jo is his moll. Cardwell is blindfolded and brought to Bastian's hideout to check on his wound, but the doctor is able to deduce the location. Meanwhile, the G-men tracking the gang have traced the stolen hundred-dollar bill back to Dr. Cardwell. Cardwell is ... Written by Jimmy L.

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ARMED WITH A DOCTOR'S KIT, HE FACED 1000 KILLERS! (original print ad - all caps)

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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19 October 1935 (USA)  »

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Dr. Sócrates  »

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Edward McWade is on production lists for the role of "Fisher", but that role was played by Otis Harlan. See more »

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Version of King of the Underworld (1939) See more »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Typical 1930's Crime Drama
17 August 2001 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

With Paul Muni in the lead, I was expecting something out of the ordinary. However, Dr. Socrates is ordinary. It is a run-of-the-mill 1930's crime drama with Muni's range wasted in a part better suited to Chester Morris or Ricardo Cortez. Barton MacLane and Mayo Methot, on the other hand, are perfect playing parts similar to what they played throughout their entire careers. It's watchable, but not special.


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