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Once a Doctor (1937)

Approved | | Drama | 23 January 1937 (USA)
Steven and Jerry are both young doctors, rivals professionally and for Paula Norland. Jerry lets Steven take the blame for a mistake he made and sending him to prison. Steven gets redemption, after release, during a storm at sea.

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Paula Nordland
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Dr.Steven Brace
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Dr. Jerry Brace
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Dr. Frank Brace (as Joseph King)
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Dr. Bruce Nordland
Gordon Hart ...
Dr. Harry Lewis, East Side Clinic
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Captain Andrews, Nirvana
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Ruby Norton, Student Nurse
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Dr. Burton (as David Carlyle)
Edwin Stanley ...
Dr. Adams (as Ed. Stanley)
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Magistrate Kendrick (as Housley Stevens Sr.)
Harland Tucker ...
Prosecuting Attorney (as Harlan Tucker)
Guy Usher ...
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Thomas Pogue ...
Dr. Artemus 'Doc' Dade
Edward Keane ...
Captain Littlejohn, S.S. Orlando (as Ed Keane)
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Steven and Jerry are both young doctors, rivals professionally and for Paula Norland. Jerry lets Steven take the blame for a mistake he made and sending him to prison. Steven gets redemption, after release, during a storm at sea.

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Redemption
22 March 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

When brilliant intern Donald Woods covers up for foster brother Gordon Oliver one last time, he is kicked out of medicine and has to make his way back into the profession as a male nurse at a free clinic, where he performs an illegal operation and is found guilty of manslaughter.

This Warner B looks like it was produced as a substitute for MGM's first Doctor Kildare movie, INTERNS CAN'T TAKE MONEY. It is, alas, not very well done, with stiff acting, tired lines like "Brain surgery is important" and a plethora of hackneyed medical movie tropes.

Perhaps if this had been expanded to fill an A movie slot, it might be more interesting and less telegraphic than it is at 57 minutes. However, had that been the case, it would have had a better director than perennial B header William Clemens.


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