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


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Release Date:
17 November 1939 (USA) See more »
A pleasant down-home entry which casts Hersholt as the title doctor in the mythical town of Rivers End, Minnesota. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jean Hersholt ... Dr. Christian
Dorothy Lovett ... Judy Price
Robert Baldwin ... Roy Davis

Enid Bennett ... Anne Hewitt
Paul Harvey ... John Hewitt
Marcia Mae Jones ... Marilee
Jackie Moran ... Don Hewitt
Maude Eburne ... Mrs. Hastings
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Bud
Patsy Parsons ... Patsy Hewitt (as Patsy Lee Parsons)
Sarah Edwards ... Mrs. Minnows
John Kelly ... Cass
Eddie Acuff ... Benson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bobby Callahan
Budd Buster ... City Council Member (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Patient in Waiting Room (uncredited)
James C. Morton ... City Council Member (uncredited)
Forrest Taylor ... Gtant, City Council Member (uncredited)
Crane Whitley ... Tom (uncredited)

Directed by
Bernard Vorhaus 
Writing credits
Ian McLellan Hunter (screenplay) &
Ring Lardner Jr. (screenplay) &
Harvey Gates (screenplay)

Harvey Gates (original story)

Produced by
Monroe Shaff .... associate producer
William Stephens .... producer
Original Music by
Joseph Nussbaum (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Robert Pittack 
John Alton (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Edward Mann 
Art Direction by
Bernard Herzbrun 
Costume Design by
William Bridgehouse 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gordon Griffith .... assistant director
Camera and Electrical Department
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director

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68 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Good family comedy, 26 March 2004
Author: jashobeam5 from NC, USA

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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