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Meet Dr. Christian (1939)

A pleasant down-home entry which casts Hersholt as the title doctor in the mythical town of Rivers End, Minnesota.

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In the first movie of the series, we are introduced to the kindly Dr. Christian (Hersholt), who runs the small clinic in the town of River's End. With the town growing, Dr. Christian petitions the mayor for money to build a new hospital. But the mayor believes the good Doctor is too old-fashioned, and wants to replace the doctor with a more "modern" medicine man, along with commissioning a new highway to be built through the town. When the mayor's young daughter is injured in an accident, Dr. Christian is able to perform extremely delicate surgery without having the correct medical instruments. The town counsil is so impressed with Dr. Christian that they not only allow him to keep his job, but have been convinced to build the new hospital. Written by Anonymous

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17 November 1939 (USA)  »

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Good family comedy
26 March 2004 | by (NC, USA) – See all my reviews

I missed the first 15 minutes of this movie, but easily fell into the plot. The story follows a beloved Dr. Christian who runs the health department in a small town. He seeks to build a hospital, but is turned down by the mayor. The mayor decided that a highway would better suit the town than a new hospital. All this is upset when the mayor's little daughter is injured and needs an operation.

The little daughter of the mayor is a stand out character. The part is well cast and very funny. At one point she meddles in her teen brother's love life by trying to give his rival the mumps. When she can't seem to get the rival to lick a mump infested sucker, she licks it herself and kisses him on the lips. Her brother never finds out, and ends up jilting the girl he had been chasing. The movie spends more time on the brother's love life than that of the little girl, but the girl's adventures are much more entertaining.

This movie is worth renting and watching with the whole family. Unlike some old movies, this movie is timeless enough (love for family, meddling little siblings, puppy love) for most ages to enjoy.


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