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
ARMED WITH A DOCTOR'S KIT, HE FACED 1000 KILLERS! (original print ad - all caps)
Did You Know?
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
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
Version of King of the Underworld
For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
Played at the celebration at the end and sung by the guests See more