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The Man Who Found Himself (1937)

 -  Drama  -  2 April 1937 (USA)
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A "high flying" surgeon learns a few valuable life lessons at the hands of a beautiful nurse.

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Complete credited cast:
John Beal ...
Dr. James Stanton Jr.
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Nurse Doris King
Phillip Huston ...
Jane Walsh ...
Barbara Reed
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Dr. James Stanton Sr.
Jimmy Conlin ...
Nosey Watson
Frank M. Thomas ...
Mr. Roberts
Diana Gibson ...
Helen Richards
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Hysterical patient
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Fat hobo
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Young Jim Stanton is a conscientious surgeon, but spends too many off-duty hours pursuing his passion for aviation to suit his stuffy father. When it is discovered that a passenger killed in a plane that Jim crashes was a married woman, the resulting scandal prompts the hospital to put Jim on probation. His pride wounded, Jim takes to the open road and enjoys the simpler life of a vagabond. In Los Angeles--where he is arrested for vagrancy and put to work on a road crew--Jim runs into old pal Dick Miller, who gets him a job as a mechanic for Roberts Aviation. But maintaining his anonymity becomes more difficult, particularly when a pretty nurse, Doris King, decides to make Jim's redemption her personal crusade. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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2 April 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De man die zichzelf vond  »

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After Jones renews his pilot's license in his real name (Stanton), the airline should have become aware of his true identity since he'd have had to present his renewed license, identifying him as Stanton, to work as a pilot. See more »

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intro to a very young Joan Fontaine
15 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow, as I write this, this film is 75 years old, and Joan Fontaine, one of the stars, is still with us! Here she is just at the beginning of her career as a nurse who falls for John Beal.

"The Man Who Found Himself" stars Beal as Dr. James Stanton, Jr., the son of a prominent doctor. He is also an amateur pilot. One night a married woman, a friend of his, begs him to fly her to Pittsburgh. The weather is bad and he hesitates, but relents. The plane crashes and she is killed. People assume the worst, that he and the woman were having an affair. His fiancée (Jane Walsh) is breaks up with him because he wants to help poor people. Discouraged with the way his life is going, Stanton does what any man with a doctor's license would do: he hitchhikes to California and becomes a hobo.

Once there, he becomes an airplane mechanic and meets a pretty nurse (Fontaine) who, when an accident occurs, realizes that he's a doctor. She encourages him to turn his life around.

I actually watched this because of John Beal, whom I met over twenty years ago. The mid to late '30s were the high points of his film career. He was young and handsome with a lot of stage experience. He never made it to stardom but continued to work until four years before he died (1997).

This is a short film, fairly predictable, but worth seeing for the cast, which includes Philip Huston and George Irving as well.


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