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Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940)

 -  Biography | Drama  -  2 March 1940 (USA)
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True story of the doctor who considered it was not immoral to search for a drug that would cure syphillis.

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Dr. Paul Ehrlich was the German physician who developed the first synthetic antimicrobial drug, 606 or Salvarsan. The film describes how Ehrlich first became interested in the properties of the then-new synthetic dyes and had an intuition that they could be useful in the diagnosis of bacterial diseases. After this work met with success, Ehrlich proposed that synthetic compounds could be made to selectively target and destroy disease causing microorganisms. He called such a drug a "magic bullet". The film describes how in 1908, after 606 attempts, he succeeded. Written by Anonymous

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2 March 1940 (USA)  »

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Doktor Ehrlich  »

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Ehrlich's cure for syphilis, Salvarsan 606, became the most prescribed drug in the world until the discovery of penicillin in the 1940s, when it became the preferred treatment for the disease. See more »

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When Rhineland Chemical is shipping boxes of 606 to cities around the world, one box is labeled "St. Mary's Hospital, Sidney, Australia." A second box to a different hospital shows the city correctly spelled as Sydney. See more »

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Dr. Paul Ehrlich: I want no legal advice. This is a question of truth. I'm only trying to help the court understand the real nature of these deaths.
Judge: Dr. Ehrlich, I'm afraid your observations are irrelevant to this issue.
Dr. Paul Ehrlich: [In perplexed astonishment] Irrelevant?... Irrelevant?
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Du, du liegst mir im Herzen
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Biographical Melodrama Well Done
15 July 2005 | by (South Florida) – See all my reviews

How I long for the era when Hollywood was capable of producing films based upon the lives of great scientists and physicians. Current moguls may consider the material too trite, but that just proves how they misjudge quality cinema.

Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet is a great old biographical melodrama that probably does overstate certain emotional moments, nonetheless it helps recall the bigger-than-life accomplishments of scientists who otherwise would be forgotten.

Edward G. Robinson, though apparently too mature for the role, knew a good script when he read it, and ended up with the finest performance of his long career. Credit goes to the Warner Studio, too, for making a film about the cure for syphilis when even the mention of the disease was prohibited in motion pictures. Those who enjoy films like Edison, The Man will find this more involved with science and less with personal matters than the MGM/Spencer Tracy epic.

This is grand Warner's entertainment with a lesson or two for all of us.


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