|Index||3 reviews in total|
Dr. Christian was a staple of network radio from 1937 to the mid fifties and along the way, the series spawned six films. As a radio show it stood alone as the only program to use listener submitted scripts. Each week one story would be broadcast from among thousands submitted. The stories were surprisingly good and kept listeners tuning in even after television has pretty much destroyed dramatic radio. The Dr. Christian movies were written by professionals. Perhaps the film-goers would have been better served if the amateurs had also been invited to write the movie scripts. "Remedy for Riches" is the fourth of the six "Dr. Christian" films. It's pleasant and predictable. The "Doc" saves the whole town--not using his medical skills, but rather by doing a bit of detecting-or "rat smelling" to be more precise. Included in the cast is Edgar Kennedy who starred in a bunch of short comedies in the 40's. Warren Hull is the male romantic lead. He gained fame as a radio announcer on a program called "Stike it Rich" and later took it to television where it was a top hit into the late 1950's. If you're an old radio buff, you will love "Remedy for Riches".
Not any medicine is practiced by Jean Hersholt in Remedy For Riches.
But Dr. Christian once again proves to be the salvation of the town of
River's End when he questions a new found oil discovery on some
worthless land belonging to Edgar Kennedy the grocer.
Warren Hull comes to town ostensibly looking to buy land to build a resort hotel, but he discovers 'oil' conveniently salted into the land by Hull and his partner Jed Prouty. He's an old friend of druggist Robert Baldwin from college and he uses his friendship with Baldwin to gain acceptance in River's End.
Not that Baldwin is suspicious at first, but when Hull starts cutting in on his time with Dorothy Lovett who is Jean Hersholt's nurse that sets Baldwin on edge.
Walter Catlett playing a sharp talking but not terribly bright policeman adds a lot to the comedy here. Catlett together with Edgar Kennedy brings more comedy than was present in the previous Dr. Christian films.
Some secondary comedy bits involve Jean Hersholt and Walter Catlett trying to bake a replacement cake after Catlett eats a big chunk of one that Maude Eburne who is Dr. Christian's housekeeper bakes. And there's a strutting rooster slated for dinner who becomes a pet of the two spinster Purdy sisters, Hallene Hall and Margaret McWade.
All in all a really nice and gentle film with the ever wise Dr. Christian showing himself to be like George Bailey, the indispensable man of his town of River's End.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Yeah! Today I got to see the last of six Dr. Christian films. While
they are NOT uniformly good films, they are mildly entertaining and
when they are good (like "Dr. Christian and the Women") they are very
In this film, an out-of-towner comes to River's End and people mistakenly assume this land investor is definitely interested in buying up property in town. As a result, the word spreads and people see a chance to get rich selling their land to him. However, soon there appears to be oil and everyone goes nuts--instead of selling to him, now they want to invest their life savings so they can drill for oil! As usual, the town of River's End, are idiots--as you'll see in subsequent films, the people are unusually dim!! What they don't know is that the guy is NOT an investor but a con-man--and everyone is more than eager to become suckers and won't listen to common sense or even ordinary questions. And, as usual, the only person with an IQ above 12 in town (the good doctor) is Christian--and no one will listen to him. All they can see is riches and none of the potential problems. Wow, am I glad I don't live in THAT town (unless I, too, wanted to become a con-man)! After all, guys like Edgar Kennedy are the typical sort of resident! In a subplot, Christian and a particularly dim resident accidentally eat the housekeeper's cake she intended for a contest. So, it's up to the two bumblers to try to make a new one so no one's the wiser...yeah, right! It's actually pretty funny...and you see that perhaps Christian, too, isn't all that bright! In another subplot, two old ladies (Abby and Gertrude) pop in and out of the film--providing some laughs and cute vignettes. I liked seeing them deal with their new pet chicken.
Overall, the main plot is only okay, as it only solidified in my mind that the townsfolk were abnormally dim (remember, I've seen them in all six films--I know what I'm talking about--maybe they built the town on some sort of toxic waste dump). However, the subplots were very good and provided a cute small town atmosphere--even more than usual. It's all harmless fun--and a better than usual B-film. Not great, but very pleasant entertainment.
|Plot summary||Ratings||Plot keywords|
|Main details||Your user reviews||Your vote history|