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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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Dr. Sócrates  »

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Trivia

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 »

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 »

Connections

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

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Played at the celebration at the end and sung by the guests
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"Some people are not sensitive to pain. Particularly the moronic species."
7 August 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Paul Muni plays a small town doctor who becomes mixed up with a wounded criminal (Barton MacLane) and falls for a pretty hitchhiker (Ann Dvorak). A fine WB crime drama that moves with a crisp pace. Mustachioed Paul Muni reunites with his Scarface costar Ann Dvorak. Muni is excellent in one of his more subdued roles. Dvorak is lovely and gives an effortless performance. As different as Muni was from other Hollywood actors at the time, Dvorak was just as different from the other actresses. She rarely goes for the theatrical or hysterical. Her performances are usually much more grounded than, say, Bette Davis, who never saw a rafter she didn't reach for. The standout of the movie is Barton MacLane, shouting and swaggering his way through every scene. It's a real treat to watch. As usual, the stable of WB supporting players are superb. Remade as King of the Underworld with Kay Francis and Humphrey Bogart, whose first wife Mayo Methot appears here as MacLane's moll.


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