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Dr. Christian Meets the Women (1940)

 |  Drama  |  5 August 1940 (USA)
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A "professor" hits Dr. Christian's town, promising the local women dramatic weight loss in a very short time if they follow his regimen of strict diet and a particular type of diet pill. Dr... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Dorothy Lovett ...
Edgar Kennedy ...
Bill Ferris
Lynn Merrick ...
Kitty Browning (as Marilyn Merrick)
Maude Eburne ...
Veda Ann Borg ...
Carol Compton
Lelah Tyler ...
Martha Browning
William Gould ...
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Phyllis Kennedy ...
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A "professor" hits Dr. Christian's town, promising the local women dramatic weight loss in a very short time if they follow his regimen of strict diet and a particular type of diet pill. Dr. Christian tries to warn them that the man is a dangerous charlatan but, mesmerized by the prospect of almost instantaneous weight loss, the women ignore his warnings. Written by

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5 August 1940 (USA)  »

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Médico Contra Charlatão  »

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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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The Health Of His Community
14 April 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Jean Hersholt is guarding the health of his community against a diet doctor quack. 75 years after Dr. Christian Meets The Women we still have diet doctors, they've multiplied like locusts.

Dr. Christian meets up with Frank Albertson who has returned to town. Formerly a reporter, Albertson is now doing advance work for quack diet doctor Rod LaRocque who with his shapely assistant Veda Ann Borg sells diet and exercise, but also is selling pills laced with amphetamines which he has no right to do. LaRocque's a total fraud, he has Frank and Veda Ann bringing him all kinds of 'forbidden' foods.

When young Lynn Merrick gets sick it's Dr. Christian who gets out of his own sick bed to try and save her from that diet. Shades of Karen Carpenter.

Edgar Kennedy uses his slow burn comedy to good advantage as his wife Lelah Tyler invites LaRocque to stay at their place. When the local scoutmaster brings his troop in for a diet talk, marching band and all Kennedy truly loses it. As for Tyler she's in a role where she's a Mary Boland lite.

A good Dr. Christian story about a still serious topic.

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