Filming of The Dionne Quintuplets took place at their home in Callander, Ontario, Canada, for only 45 minutes per day under the technical supervision of Dr. Allan R. Dafoe. Dorothy Peterson, Jean Hersholt, director Henry King, camera and sound men spent 17 days getting as much film shot as they could. King basically discarded the script at that point and let the quintuplets do the things that toddlers do. Twentieth Century-Fox agreed to hire the same number of Canadian technicians as Americans who entered Canada for the movie, after Canadian union men protested the lack of Canadians for the job. See more »
The first part of the movie is the most interesting ,the plot sometimes recalling that of AJ Cronin's "the citadel" (which King Vidor transferred to the screen in 1938 with Robert Donat):the main difference is that King's film takes place in Northern Canada and the other one in a mining town in GB .
"The country doctor" is everything the title indicates: the life of a country doctor,devoted to his work,who often gets paid in chickens or in eggs ,who sometimes must cope with his patients' ungratefulness,who tries to urge the city chic people to do something about the plight of the country where "women deliver their children on the kitchen table".
Quints generally did not survive at the time.That the doctor succeeded in saving all of them was a miracle in itself .All the ending of the movie is given over to the first year of these quints ,relagating the nephew's love affair and the city folks' selfishness to a position of secondary importance.
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