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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Complete credited cast:
Dr. Newell Paige
Phyllis Dexter
Frances Ogilvie
Dean Harcourt (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
John Stafford
Henry O'Neill ...
Dr. Endicott
Mrs. Dexter
Erin O'Brien-Moore ...
Pat Arlen
Henry Kolker ...
Dr. Lane
Pierre Watkin ...
Dr. Booth
Granville Bates ...
Russell Simpson ...
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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Release Date:

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 »


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 »


Pat Arlen: [to Phyllis] Someone said dates are only steps in the long parade of time.
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Referenced in Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983) See more »

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A melodramatic gem
15 January 2003 | by (Baltimore, Maryland) – See all my reviews

Green Light is beautifully directed, has a first rate score, and has a melodramatic mood throughout that makes it wonderful to watch. It relates the story of a young doctor who takes the fall for an elder doctor's mistake. Errol Flynn delivers a fine performance as does Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Margaret Lindsay, and Walter Abel.

It is a terrible reality that so many fine classics are not yet available on DVD. In my opinion, better than its rating. Fans of Flynn will not be disappointed.

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