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Green Light (1937)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 20 February 1937 (USA)
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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Complete credited cast:
Dr. Newell Paige
Phyllis Dexter
Frances Ogilvie
Dean Harcourt (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
John Stafford
Dr. Endicott
Mrs. Dexter
Erin O'Brien-Moore ...
Pat Arlen
Dr. Lane
Dr. Booth
Sheep Man
A Nurse
St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choristers ...
(as St. Luke's Choristers)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddy Chandler ...
Policeman (scenes deleted)


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


Drama | Romance


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20 February 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La lumière verte  »

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 31, 1938 with Errol Flynn reprising his film role. See more »


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 »


Dr. Newell Paige: What would religion be without music?
Mrs. Dexter: There was religion long before there was music.
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Referenced in Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983) See more »

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Another Lloyd C. Douglas medical soaper...uninspired old-fashioned corn...
26 April 2005 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Warner Bros. occasionally gave ERROL FLYNN a break away from his usual swashbuckling roles but should have paid more attention to finding a better source material. The Lloyd C. Douglas novel is an uneven mixture of religion, psychiatry and sudsy melodramatics, never quite sure what the net results ought to be. Flynn is not the problem. He turns in a fine performance as a doctor who nobly sacrifices his own reputation when a medical mistake made by an older doctor could ruin the man's life. He looks as handsome and fit as ever.

If this were made in the '50s or '60s, no doubt Ross Hunter would have persuaded Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson to have a go at it, as they did in Douglas' THE MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION, another story about a doctor who pays for his mistake, all done up in glossy technicolor.

But it soon becomes clear that this is a weak tale, full of platitudes and moralizing by a preacher (Sir Cedric Hardwicke) who neatly sums up his philosophy of right and wrong with simplistic slogans. The message is poured on pretty thick before the story reaches the point where Flynn takes a medical risk in order to prove his theory about spotted fever.

It's all very obvious, slick and artificial, but at least the performances are earnest. Anita Louise and Margaret Lindsay can't do too much with the pallid female leads but Walter Abel does nicely as a dedicated physician and Henry O'Neill is believable as the medical man who makes a serious error during a critical operation.

Frank Borzage directs the proceedings with dignity but gets little help from a stagnant script. Max Steiner contributes one of his lesser scores, more subdued than usual in providing any melodic themes.

Interesting only in the fact that it provides Flynn with an offbeat role as a physician.

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