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Dr. Socrates (1935)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 19 October 1935 (USA)
A small-town doctor gets roped into helping a notorious bank robber.

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Red Bastian
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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)
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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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At one point Muni's character is seen buying a second hand book titled "The Life of Pasteur", the role he would play in his next film, which premiered a month after Dr. Socrates opened. See more »

Connections

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

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Coney Island
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Background music at Catlett's House
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Fast-moving and adequate "B" movie
4 January 2001 | by (Houston, TX) – See all my reviews

This is the kind of "crime" doctor movie Hollywood churned out by the truckload in the mid-30's. Muni is badly miscast in the lead, but rest of cast more than makes up for it. MacLane steals film as Red, the main gangster. Ann Dvorak and Mayo Methot are excellent as are the redoubtable Henry O'Neill and Owin Howlin. Some good pithy dialogue makes this well-meaning time capsule worth a look.


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