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Green Light (1937)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  20 February 1937 (USA)
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A brilliant young surgeon takes the blame for a colleague when a botched surgery causes a patient's death and buries himself at a wilderness research facility.

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Dr. Newell Paige
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Phyllis Dexter
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Frances Ogilvie
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Dean Harcourt (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
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John Stafford
Henry O'Neill ...
Dr. Endicott
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Mrs. Dexter
Erin O'Brien-Moore ...
Pat Arlen
Henry Kolker ...
Dr. Lane
Pierre Watkin ...
Dr. Booth
Granville Bates ...
Sheriff
Russell Simpson ...
Sheep Man
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A Nurse
St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choristers ...
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Policeman (scenes deleted)
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When his colleague Dr. Endicott is late for an operation, Dr. Newell Paige decides to proceed with Mrs. Endicott's scheduled surgery. The surgery had already been postponed from the previous day and Paige is convinced the surgery needs to go forward without delay. Part way through the operation however, Endicott arrives and takes over only to make a serious error. When a hospital inquiry finds Dr. Paige responsible for Mrs. Dexter's death, he is forced to resign. By chance he meets Mrs. Dexter daughter, Phyllis, and while there is a mutual attraction, she rejects him when she learns his true identity. With little else to do, Paige decides to join his one time hospital colleague in Montana, Dr. John Stafford, who is continuing his tests into spotted fever. Paige is impatient however and decides to test a possible cure on himself. Written by garykmcd

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Warner Bros. Ranch, Calabasas, California, USA

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20 February 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La lumière verte  »

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When Phyllis is in Dean Harcourt's office, she refers to his receptionist and the greeting she received in his waiting room. Phyllis' reaction to learning that the woman was a counselee of the dean, not a receptionist, should carry some dramatic impact, but the scene is not in the print, a casualty of the cutting room floor. See more »

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When Paige rides up on his horse, it is more than obvious that it's stuntman, not Flynn. He dismounts to the right of the horse, but the next action cut showing Flynn has him in front of the animal, not on its side. See more »

Quotes

Doctor John Stafford: [Seeing Paige cooking eggs] Who told you to get breakfast?
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Be prepared to sacrifice anything...
24 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

If I should choose one American director for the twenties/thirties,I would take Frank Borzage any day.

This is a film of a believer ,but a believer who never falls into the trap of bigotry:the "green light" of the title is the light that comes from the sky,the light of hope which should enlighten everyone.His early silent movies (particularly "Humoresque" ) displays a strong faith in a divine intervention provided that you are worthy of it."Seventh Heaven" ,"Little man what now" ,to name but two,featured characters who had nothing,nothing but their love for each other and their faith in providence.It would culminate in 1940 with Borzage's masterpieces,"the mortal storm" and "Strange cargo",particularly the latter where Cambreau becomes some kind of messiah.

Eroll Flynn,cast against type ,-but portraying a physician who predates his role in Walsh's "Uncertain Glory" where he finally sacrifices everything- ,gave all:first he took the blame for an operation which cost a patient her life;then he acted as his own guinea pig for his vaccine.It often recalls "magnificent obsession" (the first version by J.Stahl was released two years before):both works feature a man of God : the man who tells the hero of "obsession" a man died on the cross for man's salvation,the priest in "green light".The choir in the church which we heard at the beginning returns for a canticle which climaxes the movie .Be prepared to sacrifice anything and do not ask anything in return,there will be a reward anyway.


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