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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
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Stevens
Helen Lowell ...
Ma Ganson
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Muggsy
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Greer
Grace Stafford ...
Caroline Suggs
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Dr. McClintick (as Samuel Hinds)
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Dublin
Raymond Brown ...
Ben Suggs
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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

At the end, Jo "fixes" Paul Muni's breast pocket handkerchief and has it with two ends sticking out of his pocket. When he and Jo come out of the room to go downstairs, the handkerchief is showing neatly as a triangle exposed in the pocket. See more »

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Edited into Bullet Scars (1942) See more »

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Coney Island
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Background music at Catlett's House
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Another winner from Paul Muni
24 March 2010 | by (Kingsport, TN) – See all my reviews

Paul Muni has never made a bad movie or given a poor performance. He didn't crank out movie after movie like so many stars in that era, he carefully picked his roles. This is a terrific picture, Muni plays a doctor who has become a gangster's physician, but not by choice. The gangster is played with gusto by Barton MacLane. A woman who is kidnapped by the gang (Ann Dvorak) is injured and brought to Muni. She and the doctor soon fall in love. But, the gangster wants her, because she could testify against him since she knows what he looks like. Great cinematography but it's Muni's picture all the way. Helen Lowell provides fine support as "Ma".


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